Ministry of Education Sets Guidelines for School Principals in Dealing with Expulsions

The Ministry of Education has some important instructions for our dear school principals. You know, those brave souls who walk the tightrope of maintaining discipline in our schools. So, listen up, because this is some valuable information!

The Ministry has noticed an increase in parents storming their headquarters at Jogoo House, complaining about how their little ones were expelled from school. Yikes! To avoid such chaos, the Ministry has laid down some protocols that principals must follow when dealing with disciplinary matters.

During a recent talk at the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) Conference in Mombasa, Paul Kibet, the Director in Charge of Secondary Education, dropped some knowledge bombs. He made it clear that only principals have the authority to suspend a student. You heard that right, folks! The power lies in their capable hands. Sorry, Deputy Principals, you don’t get to wield that suspension hammer. But don’t worry, your time will come.

Now, here’s the interesting part. When it comes to disciplinary hearings, an official from the Ministry and the student’s guardian must be present. It’s like a mini-courtroom drama unfolding in our schools! We’ll need Judge Judy’s gavel for this one. So, principals, remember to invite these esteemed guests to ensure a fair and just hearing.

On top of it, Kibet also stressed the importance of having all school rules and regulations approved by the Board of Management (BoM) and even subject to public input. It’s like crowd-sourcing discipline! Who knew? This way, everyone has a say, and it becomes easier to implement those rules. We don’t want any loopholes, do we?

Now, let’s switch gears for a moment. Elijah Mungai, the Director in Charge of Project Coordination and Delivery, has a special message for principals. Brace yourselves, folks! He’s saying, “Don’t send the kids home just because they haven’t paid their school fees!” That’s right, no eviction notices for outstanding fees. Let’s keep those little learners in the classroom, where they belong.

And guess what? Victoria Angwenyi, the Director in Charge of School Audit, has a nugget of wisdom to share too. She wants everyone to know that the government has provided all the necessary learning resources. No need to worry about textbooks mysteriously vanishing or pencils sprouting legs and running away.


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