The Kenya Secondary School Heads Association wants the government to establish a school of teaching for graduating teachers.
KESSHA chairperson Kahi Indimuli, while addressing the media on the 18-point statement with recommendations to the Ministry of Education, the teachers said the school of teaching will serve teachers just like the Kenya School of Law is serving law student graduates.
He spoke at the end of the 43rd KESSHA annual general meeting in Mombasa recently, adding that the School will inculcate teaching skills and values and attitudes.
“This is to ensure teachers maintain ethicate (ethics and ethos) and act as set out in the constitution and TSC code of regulations, as in the Education Act etc. The same will ensure teachers are professional in all they do,” said Indimuli.
He further said the school will serve as a professional institution for teachers which will provide teachers with requisite skills to enable them deliver as they disseminate knowledge skills, values and also handle clients professionally.
The teachers also said Kenya National Examination Council should, at all times, support and promote integrity of examinations, adding that there should not be and form of activities in schools on third term of each year.
Indimuli said the heads want KNEC to stick to its current testing format, and in case of any changes inform the principals at the earliest moment possible.
The chairman said the heads said their schools will collaborate with government in the big four agenda: Food, Manufacturing, Environment and health.
The school heads while deliberation on issues regarding their institutions, they said a safety standards manual be revised immediately.
Teachers condemned any gender-based violence in schools, and pledged to work with government’s security agencies in ensuring each child is safe and secure.
They told the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to release co-curricular activity funds by January 5 and May 1 every year without any delay.
“MOEST should give consolidated funding to schools to budget and allocate at least 30 per cent for development in our establishments,” said KESSHA chair in the written statement.
Indimuli said National Health Insurance Fund should ensure that students are treated for ailments in their schools including expectant ones.
He said the head teachers recommended that schools audit should be done on site for accountability purposes and that KICD should also ensure books are supplied in schools including set books.
The teachers also recommended that school heads manual be revised immediately, and also Teachers service Commission should hasten release of appointment letters for heads of public schools.
The more than 7, 000 powerful teachers’ body is comprised of professionals drawn from public and private schools across the country. It was established with sole purpose of providing professional advice to its members.
The teachers’ body told TSC to establish subject gaps and advise trainers on immediate addresses.
The issue of de-localisation of teachers them came up and the heads said it should have guidelines, consideration age, health and be done in humanely without hurting the person of a teacher.