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Teacher nominated for Sh100 million global award given grand reception

Edson Meroka
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Peter Mokaya in a past event. [Photo/Reuters]

Mr Peter Mokaya, the Nakuru teacher nominated for Sh100 million global award was on Sunday given rousing reception at his Nyamira backyard with hundreds turning up to welcome him.

Mokaya of Keriko Day Secondary School in Nakuru has been shortlisted among the top 10 finalists in a competition for Global teachers' award by Varkey Foundation. He's the only teacher in Africa who qualified for the final round.

Kemera MCA George Morara said the reception for the teacher was organised to boost his morale before travelling out of the country for the last stages of the competition.

"We are happy that one of our own has been nominated for that top award. This is a manifestation that the ward is blessed and that is why we had to organise such a gathering to wish him well," said the Wiper MCA.

He added: "He has struggled as a teacher and certainly this is a challenge to his colleagues who work at the home ward. We are happy for him and we are hopeful that he will walk away with the money," he stated.

The Physics teacher started his profession at the ward, briefly teaching Ikonge secondary school before his transfer to the Rift Valley part of the country.

Speaking at the event, Mr Mokaya said he was humbled to be the nominee of the top award, adding that no matter the outcome, he will still remain greatly indebted for the favour.

"This is a lifetime opportunity for me. I am happy for the nomination no matter what happens next. We are very happy for this favour."


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