On Monday, secondary school principals will congregate in Mombasa for their annual conference to discuss how their schools are preparing to welcome junior secondary pupils under the competence-based curriculum.
They’ll also talk about the school’s financial health ahead of its reopening on April 25 and the start of Form One sessions on May 3.
Next Monday, the Ministry of Education is anticipated to release the KCSE exam results for 2021.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020, this will be the first physical gathering of the heads.
The heads will also talk about how to keep schools safe from Covid-19, how to use technology in schools, how to improve performance, the mental health of administrators and teachers, student indiscipline, and parental participation.
The meeting, which will last through Friday, will also bring together stakeholders from the sector, such as ministry officials, TSC officials, unions, and parents’ association officials.
The conference is important, according to Kahi Indimuli, chairman of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha), since it would assist principals in discussing the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) in secondary schools.
Around 1.5 million children are in Grade 5 right now, and in May they will be going on to Grade 6.
The pupils will take their national examinations in November and will start junior secondary school in January of the following year.
Principals have been preparing their schools to house the pupils in anticipation of the rollout, according to Mr Indimuli.
Prior to the junior secondary roll-out, 60,000 secondary school teachers will be taught on the CBC, according to Nancy Macharia, the TSC’s CEO.
“All instructors in Grades 7, 8, and 9 from both public regular and special needs schools, as well as private schools, will be trained,” Ms Macharia added.
Language teachers, pure science teachers, applied science teachers, mathematics teachers, humanities teachers, and technical subject instructors will be the emphasis of the first level of instruction.
In 2019, the Kessha national conference was held for the first time. Physical conferences in 2020 and 2021 have been postponed because to Covid-19.
The conference is expected to draw over 9,000 principals from throughout the country.