The Ministry of Education is set to vet individuals and organisations who conduct guidance and mentorship programmes in public and private schools, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed has announced.
The Cabinet Secretary said those wishing to conduct these programmes in schools must ensure that they are vetted and registered immediately.
“Individuals and organisations that will not have been vetted by April 30, 2019 will not be allowed access to schools during the Second Term,” she added.
Amb Mohamed made the announcement during the launch of the mentorship policy at upper hill high school today. She was flanked by the Director General, Mr. Elyas Abdi and the Director for Secondary Education, Mr. Paul Kibet.
The Cabinet Secretary said complete lists of approved organisations and individuals should be filed with the Principal Secretary, Early Learning and Basic Education.
Amb Amina also directed all primary and secondary schools must establish strong guidance and mentorship departments by the March 31, 2019.
She said the departments must be headed by qualified Teachers Service Commission staff whose details must be communicated to relevant Ministry of Education field officers and with the Ministry of Education Headquarters through the office of the Director General.
She urged school heads against prejudicial treatment of learners living with special conditions such as HIV/AIDS.
The said the learners must not be discriminated, demeaned or dehumanized.
She consequently directed all school Principals, matrons, nurses and medical personnel to meet the medical needs of learners with special conditions and relevant guidance and mentorship services offered on a need by need basis.
Amb Mohamed expressed concern regarding cases of rampant abuse and exclusion of learners living with special conditions in basic education institutions.
She said the Ministry’s Quality Assurance and Standards teams are investigating this issue and affected personnel/schools will be brought to book.
“Every learner has the right to live and learn in dignity and the contrary shall not be tolerated,” she said.
The Cabinet Secretary asked school managers to make use of their guidance and mentorship staff to effectively enforce the school re-entry policy for special learners, especially those who leave school because of poverty, teenage pregnancies and lack of school fees.
She said mentorship programmes must be used to guide children on possible career choices and options, especially after the Ministry of Education publishes Career Booklets later this year.
The Cabinet Secretary said the policy provides a framework to enhance acquisition of positive values and life skills by learners as well as the promotion of discipline and modeling of good behavior.
Present during the occasion the Secretary for Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) Dr. Evangeline Njoka, senior Education officials, the Chairman of the Kenya Secondary Schools’ Heads Association(KESSHA), Mr. Kahi Indimuli, representatives from development Partners, and Principals of Secondary Schools.