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Tata Wekesa: Female teacher eyes Guinness World Record for longest Science lesson

Tata Wekesa who aspires to hold the Guinness World Record for the longest science lesson by an individual. Photo I Pool

Nairobi, (KE): Tata Wekesa, a teacher at St. Austin’s Academy in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital seeks to etch her name in the history books by teaching the longest science class ever.

Ms Wekesa has set February 13, 2024, as the date on which she aims to break the record and secure the Guinness World Record for the longest science lesson by an individual.

The science teacher intends to teach the class for a minimum of 50 hours, covering Biology, Chemistry, and Physics lessons non-stop for at least 50 hours during these attempts.

Tata acknowledged that it won’t be an easy task but expressed determination and enthusiasm about persevering through the challenge.

“I have been working on building my endurance, I have a team behind me that has helped with the lesson plan. The past three days, I stayed awake for 44 hours to train my body to stay awake,” she said as quoted by Citizen Digital.

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She has practised teaching for about 12 years now and over the years she has realised almost nine of her students aspire to be teachers. Her mission is to inspire the world and market the career.

“Teaching is a noble career and teachers should be highly esteemed. I intend to use the platform and the record to reach out to bodies that make policies to do with education and advocate for reforms,” she says.

Tata has to conquer sleep and fatigue to achieve the glint victory. She acknowledges it is not an easy task but is determined and euphoric about persevering through the challenge.

“I have been working on building my endurance, I have a team behind me that has helped with the lesson plan. The past three days, I stayed awake for 44 hours to train my body to stay awake,” she said.

She told Citizen Digital the thought of imparting knowledge to younger generations still motivates her to work harder. Her advice to aspiring teachers is to blend their passion for a subject with patience for students.

Tata calls on support from Kenyans and people who want to partner with her.

What are the Requirements?

Guinness World Records has since furnished Wekesa with guidelines for the attempt, specifying a minimum requirement of 10 students present at any given time.

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All registered students must be 18 years and above, as the challenge is classified as an endurance test. Wekesa intends to register 30 students for the event, and the entire attempt will be broadcast live on all her social media platforms.



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