Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino was on Tuesday recognized for his efforts to offer online classes following the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leadership awards by Mizani Africa recognized Owinos’ efforts on digital platforms (Facebook and YouTube) to help candidates prepare for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE); the lawmaker being labelled a champion for education.
Babu was also ranked the 6th best performing MP at the event held at Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino teaching calculus, a unit in mathematics during his 2020 online classes. PHOTO/COURTESY

Babu’s online classes were however at the time termed an illegality by the Education PS Belio Kipsang who accused the MP of taking up a teacher’s role without proper training.

“Anybody who is offering to teach students without being qualified is undertaking an illegality, and so is anyone circulating e-learning information that is not approved by KICD,” Kipsang said on May 7, 2020.

The first-term MP has gone on to win an award along with other ‘performing’ legislators; Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir of Mvita, his Westlands counterpart Tim Wanyonyi, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro among others.

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