Speaking when he met Mr Tabichi at State House Nairobi yesterday, Uhuru said that by winning the global award, the teacher demonstrated that commitment and integrity pays off.
“You have brought honour and pride to the people of Kenya and your win will raise the profile of the teaching profession,” said Uhuru. He hailed Tabichi as a role model and an inspiration to fellow teachers and students.
Tabichi, who won the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize on Sunday in Dubai, is a mathematics and physics teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru County.
The award came with a US$1 million (Sh100 million) prize, which will be paid in batches over in the next 10 years.
“This is just the beginning, you have become an inspiration and mentor to your colleagues so that they can also aspire to greatness,” said Uhuru.
He paid tribute to Tabichi’s commitment and devotion to education saying Kenyans should emulate him.
“He embodies the spirit and qualities that every Kenyan should aspire to,” Uhuru said.
The President pledged Sh20 million to Tabichi’s school for expansion of infrastructure. At State House Nairobi yesterday, Tabichi was accompanied by CS Amina Mohammed and family members including his father Lawrence Tabichi and officials of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.