The role of Kenya education staff institute in effective training of heads of secondary schools
Kagiri, Sammy Ndung'u
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The inservice education and training for teachers, heads of schools and education managers is an integral part of the education system in any country in the world. It is a policy issue to the Kenya government in the pre-independence and post-independence. It has not only been emphasized but has been found to be necessary. The Kenya Education Staff Institute (KESI) was founded as a core institute for inservice education and training. It was charged with the responsibility of promoting and providing education management development and training for education stakeholders. Though various education commissions and development plans inservice education and training has been emphasized. However, funding has hampered the process and KESI has not been spared either. The purpose of the study was to spell out the objectives of the Institute and the process on inservice education and training. The main purpose was to investigate the activities of inservice education and training for secondary school heads, role of KESI, the impact of inservice education and training, avail information on KESI training activities, stimulate the institute, sensitize the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) on funding for KESI and stimulate research into inservice education and training. The study was found significant to all stakeholders in the education sector. The study found out the achievements of the institute, the problems, possible solutions and strategies for the future of the institute. To develop managerial capacity of school managers entails provision of systematic staff development programmes, clearly defining career paths, and establishing systems for assessing performance. The descriptive survey was used in conducting the study. The sample comprised of 7 (seven) members of professional staff who were provided with the item questionnaire measuring the actual information of the institute. The other instrument used was an interview schedule for the director of the institute. Quantitative data obtained through the questionnaire were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The statistics derived included percentages, means, frequencies, ratios and inferential statistics. The findings showed that the institute has the ability and the effectiveness of providing the inservice courses in education and training inspite of some constraints. The study established that most physical facilities were adequate for inservice training. Based on the findings of the study it is recommended that the government enact comprehensive policies that will facilitate the professionalism of headship. The policies should make headteacher education and training mandatory. The study also recommended the provision of more facilities to enable the institute carry out its activities appropriately. It is also recommended that the Government should increase the budgetary allocation to revamp the institute and assist in its relocation to Highridge Teachers Training College. Lastly, it is recommended that further research should be undertaken to validate the findings in this study and also to determine the effectiveness of the inservice education and training.