Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has been installed as the Coast regional patron of the Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association (Kepsha) during a teachers’ conference at the Kabarak University in Nakuru.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Kepsha regional chairman Fuad Ali said they unanimously agreed to have the governor as their patron because of his passion and leadership in education.
"Mvurya's commitment to education is evident for all to see. He has come up with education programmes that are exemplary in the entire nation and we feel he is the right patron for Kepsha," he said.
The two-day conference brought together 1,500 headteachers from all Coast counties with the aim of sharing experiences and chart the way forward in regard to spurring education growth in the region.
The regional education director, Mr Hassan Duale, said the education sector had in the past lacked political support, but since devolution started, Mr Mvurya has shown the world that it can be done.
"Lack of political goodwill by politicians has made most counties lag behind in education. This is a sensitive sector that requires all stakeholders and steadfast leadership, and, as a region, we now have Governor Mvurya to assist us to bring everyone on board and push for good performance in our schools," he said.
Speaking while receiving the Kepsha patron’s certificate, Mr Mvurya expressed his gratitude and commitment to the new mandate that he has been given.
"It is a great honour to receive such a huge responsibility from the coastal region teachers. I take this as recognition for the great work we have been doing in Kwale in the education sector," he said.
The Kwale bursary sponsorship programme under the 'Elimu ni Sasa' initiative which has been running over the past few years and the support given to students in technical institutions, colleges and universities have been noted by the teachers as key factors in selecting Mr Mvurya as the patron of the association in the region.
Currently, there are 4,200 students in national schools and 2,000 students in universities all under the county full sponsorship programme.
The promised to transform the teachers’ association.
"I take this responsibility you have bestowed upon me with humility and respect. I want to pledge my support and promise to use all possible opportunities and networks to ensure we succeed together and that Kepsha becomes an institution that provides leadership and mentors education leaders to spur performance in the entire region," said Mvurya.
He urged all political leaders and stakeholders to fully support education in their various capacities for the region to produce academic giants.