P1 Headteachers Without Degrees to be demoted Next Year
The implementation of the measures recommended by the Presidential Working Party on Education measures (PWPER) will begin in January 2024, resulting in the promotion of non-graduate primary school headteachers.
According to the regulations, headteachers of primary schools that are hosting junior secondary schools (JSS) at the time the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) is implemented have to lead them for a transitional period that expires on December 30, 2023.
The PWPER suggests establishing a single unit with a single headmaster that will house the current pre-school, primary school, and JSS in the same compound.
According to the latest recommendations made by the education reforms team, the single entity that includes all three levels will be referred to as the Comprehensive School and will be led by a principle.
The teachers in charge of the nursery, primary, and junior schools will support the principal and be referred to as deputy principals. All of them must hold teaching degrees.
In Kenya, there are more than 23,000 public elementary schools, the majority of which have received Ministry of Education approval to host JSS.
The ministry and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will be required to develop policies about senior teachers who will report to the head.
It is anticipated that current headteachers who do not meet the requirements to lead comprehensive schools will be assigned smaller responsibilities.
They will so lose control over the finances and operations of the institution.
Due to the commission’s inability to draw candidates for the administration positions, some schools have been functioning without permanent leaders.
Since December 2022, the roles have been advertised.
Teachers unions attribute the predicament on the commission, claiming that thousands of tutors have remained in the same job groups for a long time and are therefore ineligible for advancement to administrative posts.
In contrast to the Jubilee administration’s original aim, the PWPER recommended that JSS be implemented in elementary schools in December of last year. This implementation will start in January 2023.
The JSS offers Grades 7, 8, and 9. While some of the reforms team’s proposals have already started to be implemented, the rest are anticipated to take two years.
The head of the comprehensive school will be the accounting officer of every section under it, according to the draught PWPER report that President William Ruto will release next week.
The make-up of the school Board of Management (BOM) is also subject to change.
Currently, a temporary subcommittee made up of members of the BoM for elementary schools oversees the JSSs.
Additionally, the PWPER suggests limiting the number of BoM members to nine or ten. The present boards, it claims, are bloated.
In a different plan, the comprehensive and senior secondary school heads would serve as representatives of the Ministry of Education rather than the TSC.
The control of the billions of shillings directed into schools is at the heart of the changes.
Since principals and headteachers work for the TSC, an independent constitutional institution, there is a perception that the ministry has no control in how the money is used.
The ministry will regain a lot of the control it lost after the 2010 Constitution was adopted thanks to the PWPER recommendations.
The commission had formerly been a ministry department.
Musalia Mudavadi, the prime cabinet secretary, alluded to the impending changes on Thursday when he introduced the 2023–2027 TSC Strategic Plan at the Kenya School of Government.
“I understand there have been differences of opinion between the TSC, teachers, and parents over whether there has been effective teacher re-orientation on CBC and the quantity of teachers required for its effective implementation,” Mr. Mudavadi stated.
Separately, the TSC and parent ministry disagree on who should nominate school leaders. Nothing prevents us from conversing with one another and providing the task force with ideas for a consensus position as we wait for the task force’s report on CBC.
If you wish to criticise, I truly believe you should do so while presenting a counterargument. Avoid condemning. Have the integrity to provide solutions.
Teachers unions, meanwhile, are opposed to the plan to demote primary school headteachers without degree qualifications in January 2024.
Top administrators of the Kenya National Union of Teachers opposed the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms’ suggestion to demote primary school head teachers without advanced degrees.
The suggestion would be the worst kind of unfair labour practise, according to Collins Oyuu, secretary general of Knut, and the union will not accept it.
“In primary schools, graduates make up about 99 percent of the head teachers. You are mistaken if you believe that primary school head teachers are not college graduates, stated Oyuu.
He added that the organisation wants head instructors who lack degrees to be able to continue their education without being demoted.
He claimed that the majority of the in question teachers are degree-qualified.
In Mombasa county, Oyuu was speaking to Knut Coast regional leaders at Ronald Ngala Primary School.
“We will demand they be allowed to continue to university and obtain the qualification if there is any teacher who is a head teacher and is not a graduate.”
He added that the team’s other adjustments are supported by the union and that a comprehensive school should take the place of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) and Senior Secondary School.
According to Oyuu, a comprehensive school should begin at the Early Child Development Education (ECDE) level and continue through Grade 12 under one administration with a single principal, as opposed to JSS, which is based in elementary school before transitioning to senior secondary school with various head teachers.
Additionally, he agreed with the suggestion to transfer the TSC’s authority to the Ministry of Education rather than limit it because the two organisations frequently disagree.