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A son of a cane cutter, Mr Kefline Wanyama, was among the 24 outstanding teachers in the country who won trophies and cash prizes amounting to Sh1.2 million.

However, women scooped most of the regional prizes in a tough competition marred by confusion, with the Teachers Service Commission giving the event a wide berth, thus paralysing the national contest.

The competitors expected to proceed to the finals but the contest ended prematurely.

The TSC was expected to organise the national competition, culminating in the naming of the Head Teacher of the Year (Hoya), Teacher of the Year (Toya) and Information, Communication and Technology Teacher of the Year (iToya).

Despite the challenges, eight regional Hoya, Toya and iToya winners were Thursday unveiled in a ceremony marking the end of the annual Kenya National Primary Schools Head Teachers Association forum in Mombasa.

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Mr Wanyama, 42, a head teacher and mathematics teacher at Moi DEB Commonwealth Primary School in Bungoma County, said he was proud to be the last man standing, competing with seven women from different regions.

“The competition was very tough. I was the only boy-child competing among women. But you know women are super when it comes to record-keeping. I am hoping to win at the national level,” he said.

The father of four thanked his family, colleagues and pupils for supporting him. He attributed his win to God, hard work and dedication.