The Kenya Primary Schools Head teachers Association (KEPSHA) 20th annual conference has kicked off Monday at Sheikh Zayed Children Welfare Centre school in Mombasa.
The main theme is “rethinking education management within a comprehensive school framework. Inspiring innovation for a sustainable impact in the present and future decades”.
The five-day conference is expected to provide a platform for the primary school heads to share their experiences, challenges and success stories in redefining education management within this holistic framework, thus the call for stakeholders to unite in identifying and resolving the current challenges within the education sector.
KEPSHA Chairman Johnson Nzioka says by the end of the conference they expect to come up with solutions to sustainable education, assessment and accountability within the schools, fostering inclusivity in education, adapting to technological advancement, and enhancing teacher professional development.
“KEPSHA aims to adopt to changing education paradigms, foster inclusivity, and ensure the well-being of our members and learners as we continue to champion the cause of equality primary education” said Nzioka.
This comes a week after the primary school pupils sat for the last KCPE exam of the 8-4-4 system as the education system switches to Competency-Based curriculum (CBC).
Nzioka affirms that head teachers across the country have embraced the CBC system and that they are rooting for its development. He assured parents to expect smooth transition as far as primary school education is concerned.
Nzioka lauded the government for the recent efforts to recruit more teachers and also increasing their salaries. However, he urges the government to also recruit special education teachers.
Among the guests expected to give key note addresses are Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ezekiel Machogu, who will officially open the conference on Wednesday.
Dr. Belio Kipsang, PS State Department for Basic Education, and Teacher Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia TSC are also expected to grace the meeting.
Even as KEPSHA looks forward to commit itself in shaping the future of education management and embracing innovation through CBC, they will be partnering with Nature Lovers Consultancy to plant 80 trees in response to the president’s call to increase the national tree cover, and also to symbolize the association’s dedication to environmental stewardship and a brighter, sustainable future.