Department Secondary Education

The Commissioner for Secondary Education heads the Department assisted by two Assistant Commissioners. This Department is responsible for Government owned and Government aided Secondary Schools.  

i) Role of the Department

The main role of the Department is to formulate, monitor, and review National policies, laws and regulations, plans, programmes; provide technical guidance and support for advancement of Secondary Education, coordinate and oversee Government owned and Government aided Secondary Schools (including the partnering schools.) It is also responsible for formulation, development and review of the overall National policy on Secondary Education.

ii)   Structure of the Department

The Department has two Divisions headed by Assistant Commissioners, one in charge of Secondary Schools directly participating in theUniversal Secondary Education (USE)Programme and the other in charge of Government owned and aided Secondary Schools operating outside the USEProgramme.  

i) Key Functions and Outputs

Key Functions

  • Develop, formulate and review policies, plans, programmes, strategies and guidelines for secondary education; monitor and evaluate their implementation in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. 
  • Promote the advancement of quality, appropriate, accessible, and affordable Secondary Education to the nationals. 
  • Provide technical support and support supervision to Government and Government-aidedSecondary Schools. 
  • Advice Government on all matters on Secondary Education (including staffing, financing equipment, infrastructure development and maintenance etc). 
  • Coordinate matters of appointments, confirmation and transfers of technical and support staff in Government owned/Government aided secondary education. 
  • Identify skills, capacity gaps and recommend appropriate continuous professional development/capacity programmes for the schools. 
  • Ensure discipline of staff and  students in Government owned/aided secondary schools, 
  • Develop the classification and grading systems and ensure their appropriate appropriate application. 
  • Ensure timely appointment, provision of technical support and support supervision to management Boards and Committees of Government owned/aided secondary schools to ensure their effective performance, management and attainment of the Sector objectives and goals.
  • Establish and maintain an up-to-date comprehensive data bank, information management and communication system covering Government/ Government aided secondary schools in line with the EMIS procedures

Key Outputs

  • Policies, plans, programmes, strategies and guidelines for secondary education developed, formulated,reviewed and their implementation monitored and evaluated in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. 
  • Advancement of quality, appropriate, accessible and affordable secondary education, promoted. 
  • Technical support and support supervision to Government owned and Government aided secondary schools provided. 
  • Advice tendered to Government on all matters of Secondary education (including staffing, financing, development and maintenance of infrastructure etc). 
  • Matters of appointments, confirmation and transfers of technical and support staff in Government owned and Government aided secondary education, coordinated.
  • Skills and capacity gaps in Government owned/Government aided secondary schools identified,
  • Appropriate continuous professional development/capacity building programmes for the schools, recommended.
  • Discipline of staff and students in Government owned/aided secondary schools, ensured.
  • Classification and grading systemsfor Government owned/aided secondary schoolsdeveloped, and their appropriate applicationensured.
  • Advancement of quality, appropriate, accessible, and affordable secondary education to the nationals, promoted.
  • Timely appointment, provision of technical support and support supervision to management Boards and Committees of Government owned/aided secondary schools ensured for their effective performance, management and attainment of the Sector objectives and goals.
  • Up-to-datedcomprehensive data bank, information management and communication system covering the Government owned/ Government aided secondary schools established, and maintained in line with the EMIS procedures

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