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Schools With High Enrolment To Have Two Principals In a New Proposal

Schools with very high populations, most of them national schools, might soon be managed by two principals if the new proposal by heads is implemented.

The principals proposed that the TSC introduces a position of senior chief principal so that schools with more students can have two principals.

This could mean that the schools will be run by a senior chief principal and a chief principal or a senior principal and a chief principal, depending on enrolment, space and facilities.

The heads also proposed that High schools with large student populations should have at least four deputy principals for proper management.

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Speaking at Sheikh Zayed Children’s Welfare Centre in Mombasa yesterday during the association’s 45th annual conference, Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Indimuli Kahi, said that the management of such schools has become more complex.

“Secondary school principals face the risk of losing their jobs as they appear inefficient. One of the reasons that brought about these challenges is the 100 per cent primary school-secondary school transition policy which has massively increased the student population,” Indimuli said.

According to Indimuli,  schools that have two deputy principals should be considered for another two to effectively run the institutions noting that the student population in some of these schools has reached 3,000.

“We need additional deputy principals for the smooth running of schools and to lessen the burden on the principals,” said Indimuli.

He added: “In some of the schools, we have two deputy principals who are in charge of academics and administration. We need to consider adding another two.”

“The job of a principal is very risky today. If you blink an eye you are gone. If a school is burnt, the principal takes the whole blame.”

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