GABRIEL LENGOIBONI: TOP TEACHER AIMS FOR GOVERNOR
GABRIEL LENGOIBONI FORMER CEO OF THE TSC AND SAMBURU COUNTY GOVERNOR HOPEFUL / Even though he admits that he is not a politician, Lengoiboni has hit the campaign trail and wants to become the next CEO of Samburu county. “I didn’t want politics, but I have
In the late 1980s Gabriel Lengoiboni made a triumphal return from the UK, where he had attended the London School of Economics.
Young and ambitious, he was armed with a Master’s degree in Statistics that could have landed him a lucrative position either in government or the corporate sector.
But, against great expectations, he opted for a return to Samburu district to take over his old job as the Principal of Maralal High School.
“I went back to Maralal because I wanted to encourage children to attend school,” reminisces the immediate former CEO of the Teacher’s Service Commission.
“Education is critical in national development and the best way to empower a people is to give them education.”
Lengoiboni, who is angling to become the next governor of Samburu county, says the enabling environment for education was bad.
There were few teachers in schools. The general performance of schools in national exams was poor.
Learning was hampered by the fact that most parents did not appreciate the importance of education.
In the final analysis, the challenges of paying school fees all but undermined efforts to empower the people of the region.
Upon his return to the school, he was able to stimulate students, in both O- and A-levels, who ended up registering a string of splendid performances.
In the same year he returned, his school was ranked number 62 nationally, which improved to 59 and then 29 the same year he left to join the ministry.
“That year we sent 47 out of 70 students to university,” he says with a measure of satisfaction. “The rest joined tertiary institutions.”
Even though he admits that he is not a politician, Lengoiboni has hit the campaign trail and wants to become the next CEO of Samburu county.
“I didn’t want politics, but I have been under pressure from the people to go for the seat. I have obliged.”
In 2012, a delegation of elders from Samburu summoned and requested him to go for Governor at the 2013 general election. He politely turned it down.
“My interest has always been to serve my people, but at that time I was giving service to the nation. The TSC was a major call,” he says.
He turned down the proposal because the TSC was going through a high-level transition – from an ordinary to a constitutional commission.
“UPON HIS RETURN TO THE SCHOOL, HE WAS ABLE TO STIMULATE STUDENTS, IN BOTH O- AND A-LEVELS, WHO ENDED UP PERFORMING WELL.”