The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has launched a new data collection process to determine the accurate count of primary school headteachers who are graduate degree holders.
The Commission is utilizing an Excel sheet to request school heads to indicate their highest level of education (P1, DEGREE, MASTERS) along with other necessary details.
TSC is implementing the recommendations put forth by the education task force, which advocates for the consolidation of nursery, primary, and junior schools under the leadership of a Principal.
The reform team envisions merging these three educational levels into a single entity called a Comprehensive School, headed by a Principal who must be a degree holder.
Supporting the Principal will be deputy principals who will manage the nursery, primary, and junior sections of the school.
The Principal and deputy principals must possess bachelor’s degrees in education.
Many primary school headteachers hold P1 qualifications without degrees, although there is also a notable proportion with diplomas.
Furthermore, primary school headteachers with junior secondary sections integrated into their schools were temporarily assigned as principals for one year.
Under the current guidelines, headteachers are designated to oversee the junior secondary sections until December 30, 2023, after which new changes proposed by the education reform team will come into effect within one year.
Kenya boasts over 23,000 public primary schools, many of which have been authorized by the Ministry of Education to accommodate junior secondary sections.
TSC and the ministry will formulate guidelines for senior teachers who will operate under the Principal’s leadership.
Current headteachers who do not meet the criteria for leading comprehensive schools will face demotion and will likely be assigned reduced responsibilities, relinquishing control over school operations and finances.
Some schools have been operating without permanent heads due to the Commission’s challenges in attracting applicants for administrative positions.