The Teachers Service Commission has embarked on a competitive recruitment of school and college principals.
This is a departure from the practice of promoting deputy principals.
The commission has invited applications for 200 principal positions. Kenyans interested in the jobs have until August 7 to submit their applications.
The new principals will replace those who have left the service after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60.
Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said successful applicants would be posted to national schools and tertiary educational institutions across the country.
The candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in education and a post-graduate diploma in education, with 10 years experience. The principals will be the lead educators and administrators at the institutions to which they will be posted.
“They will be responsible for education policy and professional practice at the institutional level, including maintenance of teaching standards,” said Ms Macharia.
The competitive recruitment of the school heads is likely to bring to an end allegations of favouritism against the commission in the promotion of deputy principals to fill the posts.
This comes after the commission’s chairperson, Dr Lydia Nzomo, announced in June that school heads would no longer be promoted on the basis of the number of years in service, but on performance
Dr Nzomo also disclosed that the new hiring method would be rolled out gradually to cover schools and institutions in counties as part of a wider programme to boost performance.
Last month, the commission announced the recruitment of 5,000 new teachers to address the shortage of staff in the education sector, which now stands at 80,000.
This financial year, the government allocated Sh2.3 billion for the recruitment of teachers, while Sh2 billion was set aside for promotions.