"The students we have were admitted with average marks of 240.
But now, the parents and students will know they are coming
to a good school," said Wangai.
The school in the middle of a dry region within Lari ward in
Nakuru County is 10 years old with a student population of 475
and 18 teachers, seven of whom are on government payroll.
The deputy principal hopes that with Tabichi’s win, the
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) would consider deploying more
teachers to the school.
"We would like to have another well-equipped lab as currently
we only have one where practicals for all the three science
subjects (biology, chemistry and physics) are done," said Wangai.
He also hoped for book donations to establish a complete and
fully stocked library, a development the deputy principal said
would bolster the school’s mean score.
Wangai said his school would be introducing computer learning
to enable the students to acquire skills and expand their
opportunities in career development.
But Tabichi has recognized that it is not only Keriko school
that has a shortfall of necessary infrastructure.
Establishing a facility that would enable other students in
neighboring schools to undertake their practicals, hold a
symposium or inter-school science competitions falls in his 100
million shillings (one million U.S. dollar) prize money
He said his intention lies in investing in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and
would engage other partners locally and internationally to
achieve his mission.
"I also intend to come up with exchange programs on STEM with
local and global institutions," said Tabichi.
"I would work towards developing ICT infrastructure in my
school since that’s where my passion is," he added.
The now famous teacher said he would be using more than 80
percent of his prize money in educating the needy bright
students and empowering the local community to become resilient
to effects of drought.
"My focus is not going to be just the children but help the
community adapt to climate change.
"I will be helping them adopt a model of growing
drought-tolerant crops in kitchen gardens," said Tabichi.