Teachers ‘should not think of money’

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A Kenyan science teacher who has won a $1m prize (£760,000) after being voted the world’s best teacher has urged his colleagues to teach with passion – and not to think about money.

In a BBC Newsday interview, Peter Tabichi, who won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize, described teaching as a “noble” profession.

“Through teachers, you’ll do away with challenges like poverty,” he said.

“I’ll advise them [teachers] to do their work with passion, and not to really think about money. They should think about how it’s going to benefit young children,” the science teacher said.

He gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village in Nakuru county in western Kenya.