On behalf of TSC I wish all teachers a happy Mashujaa Day.
On this occasion, we celebrate our freedom heroes whose sacrifice earned us the freedom we enjoy today.
The fact that this year’s Mashujaa Day comes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic should not dampen our spirit.
Indeed, the pandemic has brought out amazing creativity in our teachers who have continued building the nation in these extraordinary times.
The Commission notes with great appreciation that our teachers have been sharing Covid-19 safety messages with their leaners and communities over the last seven months.
Besides, many teachers have been engaging learners with lessons, life skills and guidance and counselling sessions either online or face to face where conditions permit.
This is not only heroism but also patriotism. I sincerely thank you for this.
As we embark on the phased reopening of schools, I encourage you to play your part as a societal role model more prominently.
Many people in and out of school will always remember to wear face masks, wash their hands and keep social distance when they see you doing so.
Our freedom heroes fought a different battle and gave us independence, you and I are the champions who will crush the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, a teacher’s awesome influence is captured by American historian Henry B. Adams in his famous quote:
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”
Happy Mashujaa Day.
DR NANCY MACHARIA, CBS