Education conference kicks off Monday

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KESSHA chairman John Awiti (right) with the association’s National Secretary Grace Watuku on Sunday, June 19, 2016
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By Christine Muchira

The annual Kenya Secondary School Heads Association   delegates’ conference kicks off in Mombasa on Monday.

The about 10, 000 secondary school principals from across the country are expected to convene in Mombasa on Monday through to Friday for the annual convention.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman John Awiti said the ongoing education reforms in the education sector will be among the issues to be discussed at the conference.  

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Awiti made the remarks Sunday during a press conference after inspecting the Wild Waters Convention Centre, the planned venue of the conference.

He said teachers will take a more positive line about the reforms such as the curriculum review, review of the Teachers Service Commission Act and the Kenya National Examination Council among other envisioned education reforms.

“We know our country is developing a new strong curriculum and we want teachers to play an integral role at every step of the process because ultimately we interact directly with the learners,” he said.

Rebranding the teaching profession, he said, was this year’s conference theme.

He added that his association was fully behind the government’s agenda to improve the education system through the shs40 billion education reform programme.

“I want to confirm that we are fully in support of the education reforms and that is why we have sourced keynote speakers in educational policy management for this forum,” said Awiti accompanied by other national KESHA officials.  

The chairman who is also the principal of St Mary’s school Yala said the keynote presentation will be delivered by Prof. Jerome Djangmah an educationist from Ghana.

He said Djangmah was a professor of Zoology at Ghana University and a former Director General of the Ghana Education Service.

The main conference will begin on Tuesday and will be officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta with Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i expected to be the key note speaker at the closing ceremony on Friday.

Other key speakers lined up are the Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang, Vocational and Technical Training PS Dr. Dinah Mwinzi and TSC Chief Executive Officer Ms. Nancy Macharia among other notable educationists.

 

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