Heads of Primary Schools To Function As JSS Principals
Ezekiel Machogu, cabinet secretary for education, has announced the start of a process to elevate long-tenured educators. Particularly, since Junior Secondary schools are now housed within their institutions, heads of elementary schools will be elevated to principals.
This indicates that all P1 teachers who are in charge of primary schools will be promoted to the position of principal in junior high schools after they reach grade C3.
Machogu, speaking at the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) conference in Mombasa, underlined that many primary school head teachers are college graduates who are deserving of advancements to leadership roles in their schools. In addition, he lauded principals who hold doctorates in several areas of education and urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to promote them.
Principal Secretary of Education Belio Kipsang followed Machogu as he delivered a warning to high school principals about raising tuition. TSC Chairman Jamleck Muturi and Konza University Vice Chancellor Elijah Omwenga were also in attendance.
Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), applauded the CS’s demand for promotion and noted that many primary school principals hold advanced degrees, including as doctorates. Unlike some secondary schools, he said, primary schools’ efforts to curb exam cheating have been widely recognized and praised. Oyuu argued that school boards, not the county government, should be in charge of deciding whether or not to raise tuition for a newly promoted headteacher.
Prof. Omwenga urged educators to take advantage of the Open University’s lenient entrance qualification policy, which admits students who do not meet the minimum standards set by their home institutions.
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