Heads Meeting: Agendas That Will Dominate The Meeting
Secondary school heads will hold their annual conference in Mombasa from tomorrow to discuss how institutions are preparing to host junior secondary.
They will also deliberate on the financial stability of the institutions ahead of the reopening of the school on April 25 and Form One from May 3.
The Principals will further discuss how to continue keeping schools safe from COVID-19; use of technology in schools; improving performance; mental health of principals and teachers; Indiscipline of students and parents involvement.
The meeting, which is scheduled to end on Friday, will also bring together stakeholders from the sector, including officials from the ministry, officials of the Teachers’ Service Commission, unions and parents’ unions.
Kenya Secondary School Heads Association said the conference is important as it will help headteachers to discuss the full implementation of competency based curriculum in secondary schools.
1.5 million learners are currently in grade five and will move to grade six in May.
Learners are expected to appear for their national examinations in November and join junior secondary school in January next year.
Mr. Indimulli said that before the roll-out, principals are preparing their schools to host learners.
For the first time, schools will have an extra classroom and so in addition to the 10,000 classrooms currently being built by the national government, schools are also building their own to complement what the government is doing.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia said 60,000 secondary school teachers will be trained on CBC before the junior secondary roll-out.
The target groups for training will be all teachers handling grades 7 and 8 from both public regular and special needs schools, and private schools.
The first level of training will target teachers of languages, pure sciences, applied sciences, mathematics, humanities and technical subjects.
More than 9,000 principals from across the country are expected to come together for the conference.
We will also discuss how schools should ease overcrowding in hostels and classrooms.
According to KESSHA chair, most of the schools are in financial crisis at the moment. This is attributed to COVID-19.
Since March 2020 when the pandemic hit the country, schools have not been able to recover as parents are not consistent in paying fees, while most have fled their duty.