The Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) recently held its 7th Graduation Ceremony, marking a momentous occasion as over 2400 education professionals, including heads of institutions, deputies, and teachers aspiring for institutional leadership, were awarded their diplomas. The event took place at Jamuhuri High School grounds in Nairobi on the 2nd of May 2023, and was graced by esteemed dignitaries, including the Honorable Ezekiel Machogu, Cabinet Secretary for Education , KEMI council members, KEMI’s CEO, and stakeholders from the education sector.
The graduation celebration served as a testament to the perseverance and dedication displayed by the graduands throughout their academic journey, surmounting various challenges to achieve this significant milestone. Participants from all corners of Kenya undertook a comprehensive course, skillfully delivered through a blended methodology of learning, which combined online modules and physical tutorials.
During the ceremony, the Education Cabinet Secretary emphasized the crucial need for educational leaders to enhance their management skills, particularly concerning the 21st-century institutional requirements, such as integrating ICT and nurturing talent as envisioned in the new Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC). Additionally, the Cabinet Secretary announced the government’s intention to grant KEMI an education management charter, elevating it to a fully-fledged Kenya Institute of Education.
Out of the graduates, fourteen individuals were honored with distinctions for their outstanding performance, despite facing tough conditions during their studies. A total of two thousand four hundred and seventy-five graduates achieved credit, while twenty-nine scored a strong pass. Special recognition was also given to those graduates who persevered through disabilities, lack of resources, and geographical marginalization.
In his speech, Dr. Maurice Odondo, the CEO of KEMI, expressed his confidence in the graduates’ ability to apply the acquired skills to benefit their respective institutions and contribute to the overall improvement of the Kenyan education sector. He urged the graduates to encourage their colleagues to enroll in the diploma course, preparing them for future management opportunities within the education domain.
The chief guest, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu, commended the graduates for their commitment to enhancing their managerial skills and encouraged them to continue pursuing academic and professional excellence. He lauded KEMI for its dedicated efforts in improving educational institution management by offering relevant courses tailored to the needs of educational leaders. The ceremony concluded with the chief guest encouraging more teachers to enroll in the course, thus elevating the quality of teaching practices. He assured KEMI of the Ministry’s unwavering support in advancing its objective of continuously enhancing skills and competencies in educational management.
Following the graduation ceremony, all graduants received their well-earned Diploma certificates at the same venue. The new cohort of DELM participants, cohort 10, is currently undertaking the course and is expected to graduate in the next five months. Registration for cohort 11 is scheduled to commence in Mid July 2023.
KEMI’s 7th Graduation Ceremony serves as a remarkable milestone, nurturing transformative leaders in the education sector and setting a high standard for the future of educational management in Kenya.
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