, Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 2 – The Ministry of Education has directed that High School prefects be elected directly by the students and ordered school heads to immediately stop picking the student leaders.
The Acting Permanent Secretary for Education, Prof George Godia said schools should move away from the prefect system of managing students and adopt a council system where students elect their own leaders.
Godia insisted that a resulting consultative management style will create room for students to air their views about the way they are administered much more easily than the autocratic system.
The Permanent Secretary was speaking during the District Education Day in Kajiado Central Ditrict, at the Maasai Technical Institute.
“Many of the cases of school unrest arise because the students do not have an outlet to express their views and complaints,” he said adding that Students’ Councils would help students to ventilate and enhance a peaceful teaching and learning environment.
The PS at the same time revealed that the Ministry of Education was reviewing the way it disburses the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education funds to schools.
The review, he said, was necessary, as inflation had eroded the value of the Sh1,025 and Sh10,265 that government disburses per every primary and secondary school learner respectively.
He, however, expressed concern that schools were not displaying the amounts of money received and how it was spent on their notice boards as directed.
He said the Ministry was also looking into the possibilities of centralising the purchase of teaching and learning materials as it seeks to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in the administration of the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education.