Maranda boys from Siaya County has produced the best principal from Nyanza region in this year’s competition of the Principal Of The Year Award Nyanza chapter (POYA), that was held at Kisii school grounds.
Dr.Jane Odhiambo of Bishop Okok girls secondary school from hHomabay county came second as Sevania Onkundi from nyamira boys of Nyamira county scoped the third position, Ezekiel Okeyo from Bishop Mugendi Nyakegogi from Kisii county came far fifth position.
This year’s teacher of the year award winning momentum is gaining power as Nyanza’s region has done away with their selection that was witnessed at Kisii boy’s high school being graced by Richard Chepkawai the regional director of education.
All categories were tabled of which no member that won previously won again as the Maranda principal now set to represent the region on the best principal of the region this year that will compete it out at national level.
Speaking to the press Chepkawai praised teachers of their spirit to initiate academic knowledge that has seen the region rise progressively adding that programs are underway to involve each and every stakeholder in the said noble course.
“Am greatly impressed by the way head teachers and their endeavor to make this region shine its way to success and moreover to be the role model for many not only Nyanza but the whole country”, said Chepkawai who urged the team that evolved as winners to make converted efforts to maintain the pace.
The said overseeing committee will reward outstanding principals in the Principal of the Year Award (POYA). Teaching with impressive performances will be rewarded under the Teacher of the Year (TOYA) and Innovative, ICT, Teacher of the Year( ITOYA) categories.
The finals of the principal of the year award[POYA],teacher of the year award[TOYA] and innovative teacher of the year award[ITOYA] is set to done in Nairobi next month and each region’s best will face of with other region’s winners that we can have champions from other categories nationally.
Last year, Ramba Boys High School head teacher, Mr James Okoyo, won the Principal of the Year Award (POYA). While, St. Theresa Tartar High School teacher’s Mr Elijah Ogoti won the Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA) and the award for the (information, communication and technology) ICT teacher of the year went to Mr Maxwell Kayesi of Karuri High School in Kiambu.
In last year’s teacher of the year award nationaly went an elated Okoyo walked away with a Sh100,000 prize, books from the Kenya Literature Bureau and a return ticket for two to any local destination courtesy of Jambo Jet.
The first and second runners up in the principals’ category – Florence Ngarari and Jerida Mwangi – were gifted with Sh75,000 and Sh50,000 in cash respectively.
The Teacher of the Year Award was won by St Theresa’s Tar Tar Girls’ National School’s Elijah Ogoti from West Pokot, while the Innovation Teacher of the Year Award was won by Maxwel Ayieri from Karuri High School.
At the close of the 43rd KESSHA conference in Mombasa last year, the teachers made resolutions they believed would improve teaching and the rights and circumstances of students and teachers.
The resolutions include a call on the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to review its controversial policy of mass transfer of teachers from their home counties.
They also want TSC to address legitimate concerns raised by teachers and their unions, review subject clusters used to select candidates for public university and enhance measures to foster credibility of national examinations.
The head teachers also resolved to combat sexual violence, religious extremism and examination cheating in schools.