School Heads Warned Against Restrict Sporting Activities.
The Kenya Academy of Sports (KAS) has cautioned school administrators who restrict sporting activities that they are suppressing grassroots talent.
Doreen Odhiambo, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Academy of Sports, stated that the academy was eager to revitalize the sporting culture, particularly in schools that were regarded as sports titans.
She said the Kenya Academy of Sports will work with the Ministry of Education to explore what can be done about school principals who don’t allow certain sports in their schools.
Doreen was speaking in Kakamega on the sidelines of the training of grassroots football coaches from the county by Football Kenya Federation.
“Talent is nurtured early in life and we are on a drive to gather all the talent at the grassroots by pushing for academics to go hand in hand with sports in schools like Kakamega High.”
She stated that with early talent discovery, the country would offer other international sports outside the traditional athletics and rugby that have largely placed it on the international sports map.
Since western Kenya is a sports center where many talents could go to waste, Kakamega FKF President Allan Muhando pleaded with KAS to assist the county in establishing sports academies.
As the normal school calendar returns after a two-year Covid-19 pandemic disruption, the Ministry of Education has issued the co-curricular events calendar for primary, secondary, and teacher training institutions for the year 2023.
Belio Kipsang, Hill School, and Moi Girls Eldoret will host the Term One Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) games from April 22 to 30, according to a circular issued by the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Basic Education.
Athletics, basketball, hockey, handball, and swimming are among the sports that will be played in Term One. Although it is not specified in the circular, Rugby 7s is scheduled to take place in Term One.
Rugby 15s will continue in the second term. Only rugby sevens were held last year. From August 5 to 14, Kakamega High School will host the National Games for Term 2. Football, volleyball, netball, rugby, and racquet games will feature students competing.
The Federation of East Africa Schools Sports Association Championships, which will be held in Bujumbura, Burundi, from August 15 to 30, will serve as the conclusion of the games.
Ball games will be held at Maseno School in Kisumu County from August 8 to 14, and the Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association (KIPSSA) athletics championships will be held at William Olu Ntimama Stadium in Narok from April 21 to 25.
From April 10 to 15, Shanzu Teachers Training College in Mombasa will host the Kenya Teachers Training Colleges Sports Association (KTCSA) ball games, while Muranga TTC will host the athletics and paralympics from August 23 to 28.
The Special Needs Education primary school athletics championships will be held from April 21 to April 26 at Moi Forces Academy in Nairobi, while the secondary school competition will take place at Nairobi School on the same dates.
On August 8-14, Kangaru School in Embu will host the Special Needs Primary School Ball Games, while Kangaru Girls will host the SNE Secondary Schools Ball Games.
After being suspended in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the games were restarted last year.
Elections for co-curricular activities committees have also been called by Kipsang.
“As you are aware, the existing co-curricular committee has been in place for five years which will expire in January 2023. You are therefore requested to initiate and conduct the election of officials of various committees from Sub County to regional level as per Ministry of Education circular of 2018,” said the PS.
Peter Orero, who was elected Member of Parliament for the Kibra Constituency in last year’s general elections, will be replaced by a new chairman who will be chosen at the national level.