- Dr Momanyi has been the acting head teacher of Chitago, a public school in Kitutu Masaba, since July last year.
Sitting under an avocado tree that serves as a staffroom, Dr Mainye Momanyi both inspires and frustrates the aspirations of his fellow teachers at Chitago DEB Public Primary School.
The tall head teacher, who keeps his long hair well-combed, has become an inspiration to fellow learners after managing to scale academic heights, rising from a certificate P1 teacher to a graduate with a PhD, a rare fete in the country.
Dr Momanyi has been the acting head teacher of Chitago, a public school in Kitutu Masaba Constituency, Nyamira County, since July last year.
His academic journey has been one full of potholes and roadblocks but also great feats.
The 48-year-old father of six started his career in 1991 as a P1 teacher after graduating with a certificate in Education — the lowest training for teachers — from St Marks Teachers’ College in Embu.
“I was first posted in Nyatieno Primary School and taught for eight years in various public primary schools before going back to class,” he recalls.
In 2000, he did a diploma at a District Centre for Early Childhood Education.
However, after graduating, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) declined to recognise the diplomas arguing that there was no effective monitoring on how they were conferred thus leading to the possibility of compromising education standards.