Head Teachers Converge In Mombasa To Discuss Leadership.
The annual conference of the Kenya Education Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) began in Mombasa County, with over 5,000 delegates in attendance.
Prof George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, officially kicked off the four-day event at the Sheikh Zayed Children Welfare Center in Nyali Sub County.
The conference is held strictly in accordance with Covid-19 regulations, with only a few delegates permitted inside the main venue.
The remaining delegates watch the proceedings via live stream teleconference videos from tents set up outside the venue.
KEPSHA National Chairman, Johnson Nzioka, told journalists that the conference’s theme has been aligned with the pandemic to allow headteachers to share their experiences and learn from eminent educationists who have been lined up to address them.
“This year’s theme, The Head Teacher: ‘Leading in crisis, Reimagining the future, is very exciting and befitting, given the unprecedented times that we are all going through because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he added.
Accompanied by their National Vice Chairman, Fuad Ali, and National Secretary, Philip Mitei Nzioka, they also revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the need for public primary school principals to have additional crisis management skills.
“Our programme this year is rich and delves into issues of school managers’ leadership in relation to the prevailing crisis,” he noted.
The chairman went on to say that there have been a number of new headteachers hired in recent years, and as a result, they will need a broader skill set to carry out their duties effectively.
He also stated that the Covid-19 pandemic challenges have constrained the education system in new ways, emphasizing the importance of revising how teachers should work.
The selected theme also considers teachers’ roles in fostering resilience and shaping the future of education and the teaching profession.
The program will also bring together stakeholders to discuss the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
“KEPSHA as a key stakeholder is an interested party and would like to see the success of CBC. That’s why this year’s conference is critical, as it helps stakeholders to have a scorecard, look into the success and mitigate any gaps that the curriculum may have faced five years on,” he added.
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Before the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, the association held its last annual delegates conference in 2019.
Dr Julius Jwan, Principal of Early Learning and Basic Education, and Dr Nancy Macharia, Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), are among the key speakers scheduled to address the headteachers.