Meet Simon Njenga, Murang'a visually impaired teacher winning hearts of students, parents

for Tv47 Digital October 08, 2022, 12:28 PM
Simon Njenga, visually Impaired teacher
Simon Njenga, a visually impaired teacher at Kariguini Primary School in Kandara, Murang'a County, has won the hearts of teachers and parents. PHOTO/TV47

Simon Njenga stands out amongst his colleagues at Kariguini Primary School in Kandara Constituency, Murang'a County.

Despite being visually impaired, he is able to go about his duties just like the other normal teacher with minimal assistance.

For 11 years, he has been a teacher at the school, establishing a strong bond with the students, colleagues and parents.

Njenga is Kiswahili and Christian Religious Education (CRE) teacher handling several classes and doubles as class teacher in one of the Class Seven streams.

He says teaching is a calling for him and that's why he decided pursue the course despite his condition.

Simon Njenga, the visually impaired teacher in one of his classes at Kariguini Primary School where he teachers Kiswahili and CRE subjects. PHOTO | TV47

The fact the he was posted in a regular school boosted his esteem as he feels equal to other people despite his condition.

Njenga says that at first, parents and the pupils were reluctant to accept him due to his condition but they later embraced him. 

The teacher says the performance of his students motivates him as they do better compared to those by the normal teachers.

He knows all his students by their names and sitting positions and this makes his work easier.

Simon Njenga, a visually impaired teacher of Kariguini Primary School being led to the class by one of his students. PHOTO | TV47

In class, however, Ester Nyambura assists Njenga in marking the assignment and exams for the learners.

Not all rosy

His work has not been all rosy, with challenges emanating.

He points out he needs braille materials but he cannot afford because they are very expensive.

Nyambura on her part says Njega is a good teacher to work with as he is passionate with his work.

Samuel Kaumbuthu, the headteacher Kariguini Primary, describes Njenga as an outstanding teacher who enjoy a good relationship with his students.

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