About Us      ICT Centers      Contacts      Staff      Blog      Webmail      Events & Functions      Survey      Facts or Myths Exchange Rate  


Perspective of the World from Western Kenya
The West Is Rising...
  Home      Programmes      Classified Ads      Downloads      Top Stories      Music Downloads      Photo Gallery     
  |    |    |  
    Search:  
Sponsored Tweets
Get your copy of The Weekly Western Chronicle at only Ksh40  |  Are you a Kenyan living in the USA or UK, listen to West Fm free via your phone. Dial US: 213 493 0195 UK: 020 3519 3770  |  We appreciate sharing of information, we do not condone plagiarism of our work.  |  
Kapchorua Tea Company 137.00  |  Williamson Tea Kenya 275.00  |  Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd. 56.00  |  Safaricom Ltd. 13.40  |  Uchumi Supermarket 9.95  |  Mumias Sugar Company Ltd. 1.85  |   EA Portland Cement 58.00  |   EA Breweries 304.00| 0.66%  |   Cooperative Bank 16.95|-0.29%  |  CMC Holdings 13.50|0.00%  |   CFC Stanbic 64.00|0.00%  |   Centum Investment 21.25|-1.16%  |  
ON FACEBOOK
MKANYAGANO - 10TH TO 11TH MAR 2012 ONE.

More Podcasts

WEST FM EDITORIAL
Beatification story
This is not how to fight corruption
The devolution story
PICK OF THE WEEK
Lusaka replaces Wamalwa as New Ford Kenya boss
They put me on phone as they shot my sister, recounts brother
Woman leads a painful life after being dumped by three men
OPINION & EDITORIAL
Are BOM teachers to blame for results cancellation?
No provision of condoms to adolescents in schools - NCPD
Governors told to forget about CDF
PICK OF THE DAY
Government to set up a tea factory in Mt. Elgon
Police arrest county employee imposter in Shinyalu
SPORTS NEWS
Paralympics want committeee disanded
Gor Mahia launches SACCO
Busia County term 2A ball game teams picked
LIFESTYLE
Government urged to support people with special talents
Exposing the rot in the matatu sector with sambaza seats
Why we all need to join hands in commemorating the World Radio Day
WESTERN AND NORTH RIFT FACTS
The rocks with hope
Why Luhyas should forget 2017 presidency
Delegates from 14 African countries visit Bungoma for benchmarking
Program Line Up
Sunday 24 May 2015
05:00 - 09:00 BARIKIWA
06:00 - 06:05 B.B.C
06:30 - 07:00 TAHARIRI
07:00 - 07:10 NEWS BULLETIN
07:10 - 07:30 MKANYAGANO
07:30 - 08:00 PREACHING
08:00 - 09:00 GOSPEL ARTIST
10:00 - 13:00 SAFARI YA AFRICA
13:00 - 13:10 NEWS BULLETIN
13:10 - 13:30 MKANYAGANO
13:30 - 16:00 CULTURAL TALK SHOW
16:00 - 16:05 NEWS BRIEFS
16:05 - 19:00 JAH LOVE
16:45 - 16:50 SPORTS NEWS
Full Program Line Up



Should school heads also teach?

Written by Obed Simiyu
2012-01-06 11:27:00
Read 1883 Times
Bookmark and Share

Education Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri displaying an exhibit that was used by one KCPE Candidate to cheat exams the year 2011.[ Photo/ West Fm/ File]

Since the release of the 2011 KCPE results last year by Education Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri, a new spate of reaction from parents to teachers whose schools did not perform well has erupted across the country.

School heads of such schools that performed dismally are a worried lot not knowing what will befall them at the dawn of a new day following a series of events that have characterized the reactions elicited by parents who have gone to an extend of locking, blocking school heads from gaining entry to the schools and even closing schools all in venting their anger towards school heads.

The aggrieved parents may be right, they may as well be wrong.

The common uderstanding by all the aggrieved parents is that school heads are responsible for the poor performance of their schools and should take responsibility for that.

It is the school head that has failed to chart a clear way in how to improve and maintain their school’s performance and compete with others in national exams because they are the face of the school, parents say.

School heads are the ones who have failed to coordinate, monitor, evaluate their staff on how they cover the syllabus, content they give to the pupils, time used teaching, performance of each class, pupil, subject, department and thus the whole institution.

The school head, as well, has failed to involve the parent in coming up with ways of improving education standards of their respective schools, engage the parent and their children in evaluating the child’s performance throughout the term.

On the other hand, the same parents accuse the head teachers of failing to champion the physical development of the schools. Buildings of some of the schools are as old as the name ‘colonial’ as they were constructed during that time and the only new single building visible to date in many schools is one by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) built with the first funds ever disbursed at the start of the funds.

Some schools have no gates. You can just gain entry from any direction yet they would like to compete with schools which fetch their pupils right from their doorsteps and return them back in the evening.

However, that is besides the story. The question that many are missing to ask is: should the head teachers also teach?

The head teachers are the head of the school and play the supervisory role whereby they attend to the administrative duties to ensure the school’s activities are running smoothly.

A while ago, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ordered head teachers to appear in classes and execute their duty - teach.

According to TSC more than 6,000 head teachers should start teaching the full lesson as many as 18 per week if not they would face sanctions. Yes the head teachers can do the teaching but is it possible for them to teach and at the same time manage the activities running in the school?

The shortage of teachers in the country has been a major issue but this does not mean that the head teachers should now be overworked. With these, the government is trying to run away from the problem which was to recruit enough teachers and ensure schools are well administered. 

 It is disheartening that most of the schools are facing crisis in shortage of teachers due to Free Primary Education programme in primary schools. Then population has grown so fast yet buildings have not yet been built and parents do not want to be told to contribute towards the same as they have the notion the government is doing so through the FPE whose funds again were misappropriated.

The biting shortage of teachers in our public schools has negatively impacted on our education and the results are on the wall for all to see – poor performance.

Parents want the school heads to be beasts of burden. Anyway, they are trained teachers and have to lead by example by showing first they are teachers then, head teachers, deputies, heads of departments, class teachers and any other positions they hold.  

Switch to Our Mobile Site



Other Related Stories
Are BOM teachers to blame for results cancellation?
No provision of condoms to adolescents in schools - NCPD
Governors told to forget about CDF
Give CDF to county governments, Bungoma Governor tells MPs
We need CDF, but not necessarily under MPs
Constitution implementation is the most difficult thing in Kenya
CDF should be abolished, says West Pokot Governor
Corruption has killed development in Bungoma – Wabukala
We cannot allow MPs to intimidate us, says Vihiga Governor
TV stations switched off digital signals for fear of competition – CAK
Media houses should not sabotage digital migration, says information secretary
Apologize to Kenyans over the tetanus vaccine, church tells government
Government has failed to take action against leaders who break the law
KNUT accused of blackmailing the government
West Pokot Governor wants government to sack lazy police officers
Kenyans support establishment of the African Court
Vihiga MCAs intimidating the county executive
Control of resources the main cause of chaos in Narok
Government should regulate issuance of fire arms to civilians
NCIC chairperson warns political leaders against hate speech




LATEST NEWS
The Weekly Western Chronicle issue 072
Weekly Western Chronicle issue 070: Division rocks Ford Kenya
BUSINESS NEWS
KRA demands capital gain
Kenya Seed Company criticised for employing
Trans Nzoia ADC workers boycott duty over salary arrears
COUNTY REGIONAL NEWS
Residents optimistic that peace caravan will unite them
Youths speak up on two third gender rule and representation
Maeni Women group receive sewing machines from Swedish donors
FUNNY BUT TRUE
Madman burns 9 shops at Maraba market in Tindiret
A driver found committing bestiality with a cow in Saboti
44 year old mother of 10 who was offered to settle a Sh900 debt, leaves husband and reunites with her 23 year old lover again
ENVIRONMENT
Farmers call for accurate weather updates
Kenya supports ban of ivory trade
3 associations disbanded in Mt. Elgon for failing to conserve forests
MUSIC SPOTLIGHT
Music festivals kick off at St Luke’s Kimilili Boys high school
A Rift Valley based vernacular musician emerges as the highly paid
A class 8 pupil urges parents to nurture talents of their children

WEST DATA - WEATHER
Kapsabet H30° L17°

Nairobi H 26° L13°

Mombasa H34° L25°

Busia H30° L15°

Kitale H25° L11°

Vihiga H30° L17°

Webuye H30° L17°

Kapenguria H27° L13°

Kakamega H30° L17°

Kisumu H30° L17°

Lodwar H33° L26°

Eldoret H25° L11°

Bungoma H30° L17°


West FM Survey


Username:
Password:


More Videos


© Copyright 2014. WestFM. All Rights Reserved.