Sophie Njoka @PeopleDailyKe
Insecurity and increased sexual harassment in secondary schools will dominate this year’s 43rd Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) annual conference that kicks off in Mombasa this morning.
Kessha chairman Indimuli Kahi said school heads will major on issues relating to insecurity in schools following incidents that have exposed glaring gaps.
“We will liaise and discuss with the Ministry of Education officials, and also look into the policies put in place by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on matters regarding insecurity in our schools and come up with a way of mending these gaps which are seen to contribute to security lapse in schools ,” he said.
He said school heads will also interrogate some of the measures being used by the Ministry of Education in dealing with insecurity, where he pointed out that there were fewer or no, security personnel stationed in most of the schools.
“One of the reasons why there is a rise of insecurity in majority of our schools is because you will find that there is no security apparatus assigned and charged with the sensitive issue of providing security and schools heads are left with the duty of ensuring security is guaranteed,” said Kahi.
Over 8,000 school heads are expected to attend the conference, whose theme is “Redirecting the Education Sector in Kenya”.
Kahi at the same time condemned acts of sexual harassment in schools adding that there was need for police to speed up investigations.
“I call for government agencies involved in investigating the claims to carry out investigations in a speedy manner and bring those responsible for such acts to book,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto will officially open the conference alongside Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed.