Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, has announced the commencement of a process aimed at promoting teachers who have remained in the same grade for a long period of time.
CS Machogu highlighted that this promotion initiative encompasses primary school headteachers, particularly recognizing their pivotal role in the Junior Secondary schools (JSS) currently housed within their institutions.
“All P1 teachers heading primary schools will be promoted from grade C3 and above as principals of Junior Secondary Schools,” he affirmed.
During his address at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) conference in Mombasa, the CS expressed his belief that many primary school head teachers are highly qualified graduates deserving of such promotions.
Machogu commended head teachers who possess PhDs in various educational fields and urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to facilitate their promotion, underscoring their competence to undertake other professional responsibilities.
The Education CS’s call came after Kepsha Chairman, Johnson Nzioka, introduced head teachers who had been leading various schools for a long period.
“I implore my Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission to ensure that these teachers with PhDs are given opportunities in areas like quality assurance, a role the government has been actively seeking to fulfill.” He stated.
Collins Oyuu, Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), who was also present, hailed the CS’s announcement as a significant achievement for primary school head teachers.
“I want to commend CS of Education for recognizing that the head teachers of these schools are all qualified because most of them are graduates,” Oyuu stated.
school teachers for their dedication to upholding integrity in national examinations, in contrast to some counterparts in high schools who had been implicated in cheating scandals.
Oyuu emphasized the significant role played by primary school head teachers in ensuring the integrity of the Kenya Certificate for Primary Examination (KCPE).
Furthermore, he expressed gratitude to the government for allowing teachers to work within their home counties and suggested that promoted head teachers should not be transferred to different counties.