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Primary School Principals Urge TSC to Appoint Them as JSS Principals

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Primary School Principals Urge TSC to Appoint Them as JSS Principals

There has been a call from primary school principals for the National government to appoint them as principals of junior highs using the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). Their official confirmation as Grade 7 principals is still pending, despite the fact that they have been acting in that position throughout the school year.

Johnson Nzioka, national head of the Kenya Primary School Headteachers Association (Kepsha), spoke at the start of the association’s 20th annual delegates conference in Sheikh Zayed Hall, Mombasa, and he emphasized the significance of their formal appointment as principals for Junior Secondary Schools.

Currently serving primary school principals should be confirmed as junior high school principals, as indicated by Nzioka in a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education. Since we have been in this role during the transition period, we have the experience and knowledge to guide the whole shift from separate pre-primary, primary, and junior secondary schools to a Comprehensive School.

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A comprehensive school system, where Pre-primary through Grade 9 would be handled as a single institution with a single head and two deputies, was advocated by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, led by Prof. Raphael Munavu. The task team also recommended including grades 7, 8, and 9 in elementary schools.

Nzioka suggested that having all levels of education under one roof, from pre-primary to primary and Junior Secondary, would improve the quality of education and make it easier to make the transition between grades. He stressed the importance of a unified leadership structure in fostering consistent administration and coordination across all levels of education, which is essential for achieving coherence in scholastic policies, curriculum programs, and instructional pedagogies.

Such a strategy has the potential to reduce duplication of effort and save money by encouraging the sharing of facilities, personnel, and educational materials. Nzioka also mentioned the potential gains from increased communication and cooperation between educators at all levels of schooling. This would allow for the sharing of successful strategies and the consolidation of efforts to achieve a single goal.

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