Go extra mile, award-winning teachers implore colleagues
SEE ALSO :Bid open for tutors schemeAt the same time, she has striven to set up a technology hub at the school through use of information and communication technology (ICT). “We have virtual classes where we can teach several classes at once. Other schools come to learn from our institution. One must be ready to serve in several platforms to ensure services in our society continue to benefit humanity,” she said. On his part, Fredrick Shitubi, 44, who was named Teacher of the Year evoked laughter when he attributed his success to his prayerful wife whom he said was popularly known as the “Bukhusu Darling.” Shitubi, a Kenyatta University graduate who teaches English and Literature at St Mary’s Yala High School, also made fun of his old Subaru car, which his students have nicknamed “antelope.” He said the car served as the school’s ambulance during emergencies. Shitubi is national coordinator in drama owing to his students’ exemplary performance in the discipline after his school won three consecutive competitions at national levels. “I train drama and elocution. Last year, the drama team went to East African competition in Uganda and excelled,” said Shitubi. He also attributes his success to his role of coordinating Kenya Anglican Parish Association, where he serves as the chairperson.
SEE ALSO :TSC to promote 6,000 teachers“I have also done well in evangelism and resource mobilisation. Focus not on monetary value but the mark you leave on the next generations,” said the Senior Head of Department of Languages, who has been teaching for the past 20 years. The conference was also attended by Global Teacher Award winner Peter Tabichi, who was recognised by the Catholic Church. Mr Tabichi was rewarded for his contribution to education, where he was celebrated for donating 80 per cent of his salary to help students from deprived families. The 36-year-old Egerton University graduate, a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Nakuru, won Sh100 million when he was declared winner of Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019. “It is time to put more focus on values that matter, especially for young people,” Tabichi said. Unfortunately, the Information and Communication Technology Teacher of the Year (iToya) 2019 Catherine Wanjiku was unable to attend.
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