The Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) has unveiled its election calendar, marking a significant step in the democratic process to select officials from sub-county to national levels. The elections, set to begin at the sub-county level during the first term mid-term break, will culminate in the national elections during the annual conference in June 2024.
Acting National Chairman: Murang’a High School Principal Willie Kuria, the acting National Chairman after the retirement of Kahi Indimuli, released the election calendar.
Election Categories: The elections will cover various positions, including Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Organizing Secretary, and Assistant Organizing Secretary at sub-county, county, and national levels.
Timeline: The sub-county elections are scheduled for the mid-term break in mid-February, followed by county elections during the April school holidays. The national elections will take place in June during the annual conference.
Eligibility Criteria: Aspirants must be fully paid-up members of KESSHA for the last three years. Sub-county and county candidates should have served as principals for at least three consecutive years, while national posts require a minimum of five years of service.
Voter Eligibility: Voters must be fully paid-up members and appear in the voter register of their respective electoral categories.
Fostering Democratic Leadership in Education
The release of the election calendar by KESSHA signifies a commitment to democratic leadership within the association. The inclusion of various leadership positions ensures a diverse representation, allowing for comprehensive decision-making and addressing the unique needs of different levels.
Ensuring Experience and Commitment
The eligibility criteria, requiring aspirants to be fully paid-up members and have a minimum service duration, ensures that elected officials bring both experience and commitment to their roles. This emphasis on experience is particularly highlighted in the criteria for national posts, where a minimum of five years of service is required.
Transparent and Inclusive Process
The timeline for elections, spanning from the sub-county to national levels, reflects a transparent and inclusive process. The staggered approach allows for thorough deliberation at each level, ensuring that the association’s leadership is reflective of the collective will of its members.
As KESSHA embarks on the electoral process, the released calendar sets the stage for a democratic and transparent selection of leaders. The association’s commitment to fostering experienced and committed leadership signifies a dedication to advancing the goals of secondary education in Kenya. The upcoming elections will not only shape the leadership landscape of KESSHA but also contribute to the overall development of secondary education in the country.