KEWOTA denied chance to make presentation at KESSHA conference

KEWOTA CEO Benta Akinyi Opande speaking at a past function. Photo Courtesy.

The Kenya Women Teachers Association (KEWOTA) has lamented their removal from presenting a topic at the on-going 47th Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) annual conference and exhibition at Sheikh Zayed Hall in Mombasa County.

KEWOTA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Benta Opande, while speaking in an interview with Education News over the phone confirmed that they have been excluded from presenting a topic that was scheduled to take place on Friday June 28, 2024 as from 10am-11am.

She said that they are surprised of the exclusion despite being given an invitation as KESSHA had revealed that they will give unions and professional organisations opportunities to present topics.

“We are shocked that we are not included in the new programme to present the topic which we were given as earlier scheduled to take place on Friday, this was done with no explanation at all from KESSHA despite assuring that they were to give priority to unions and professional organisations to present the topics assigned.  However, we have the invitation to attend the conference,” she said.


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In an invitation letter signed by KESSHA National Chairperson Willie Kuria dated May 29, 2024 addressed to Benta Opande, seen by Education News, revealed that the conference was to start from June 24-28, 2024.

“We look forward to hosting you during this year’s National Conference. Enclosed herewith, please find a copy of the programme,” the letter reads in part.

Kenya Primary Schools Head teachers Association (KEPSHA), is also another association that has been exempted from presenting a topic in the on-going conference.

Principals follow proceedings at Shelkh Zayed Hall in Mombasa. Photo: Collins Okong’0

In the conference which kicked off on Monday, it is guided by the “Future Pathways for Learning and Learners in Kenya” and has witnessed Kuria being as the new KESSHA National Chairperson succeeding Kahi Indimuli who held the post close to 10 years.

The conference has over 7, 000 school heads in attendance drawn from different counties as well as key education stakeholders.

By Vostine Ratemo

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