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Capacity Development

The Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) is the capacity development agency of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Our Goals

Since its establishment in 1981, KEMI has placed the highest priority on capacity development of education managers in its agenda. This is in recognition of the strategic importance of raising access, equity and quality of education within the context of poverty reduction and economic growth. Investing in the capacity development of education managers is also in line with the social pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030. The education sector has expanded rapidly with a significant increase in the number of educational institutions and the learners enrolled. The phenomenal growth of the sector over the years has come with new challenges. First, the gains made in expanding access and participation needs to be matched with improvements in educational quality. Secondly, the capacity for the management of education services requires strengthening. This aspect is recognized in the KEMI capacity development program, which has flagged capacity development of education managers as a priority area requiring attention.

Our Success Stories

CSR Initiatives

CSR Initiatives in KEMI


The Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) in partnership with Childhood Cancer Initiative ushered in Sherekea Maisha 2014 kid’s party which took place on 3rd October, 2014 at level 3 of Kenyatta National Hospital. Invited guests including a team of 22 girls from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Girls Secondary School led by their Principal.

A brief speech by Mr. Wasike of KEMI along with a word of encouragement from Ms. Reginah, Principal OLMC preceded the highlight of the event which saw all children take away exciting Sherekea Maisha 2014 hamper-packswhich included an assortment of beautiful toys, hygiene packs as well as educational materials.

In another Cancer support initiative, the staff of KEMI participated in the relay-for-life 24 hour nonstop walk at the Nyayo National Stadium organized by the Kenya Cancer Association. The aim of the nonstop walk was to support cancer victims who cannot afford the treatment for the disease.

Other CSR initiatives in the past include staff participation in the Beyond Zero First Lady’s marathon aimed at providing 47 mobile clinics for prevention of mother to child Transmission of HIV during child birth.

The staff of KEMI have also participated in the Heart to Heart marathon in aid of children with heart problems. This marathon was organized by the Heart to Heart foundation and Karen hospital.

KEMI has also for the third year running partnered with the Mater Heart Foundation towards helping children with heart ailments.

Research Initiatives

Research Intiatives in KEMI


The Institute held its fourth National Education Management Conference from 17th to 18th June 2014 at KEMI Headquarters. The theme of the conference was ‘Re-energizing Education Performance’. It was attended by school heads and deputies from Nairobi County.

The sub-themes of the 4th KEMI conference included: learning from success: pedagogy and curriculum, assessment and evaluation, early childhood learning, learning in higher education, special education, technologies in education, adult and continuing education, science and mathematics learning, TIVET, child friendly schools and education management.

This conference was motivated by the need to improve the performance of our educational institutions. The 4th KEMI Education Management conference enabled participants to share best practices and new trends for increasing performance at all levels of education; appropriate learning environments for improved performance in educational institutions; innovations that have impacted on education performance.

The 4th KEMI National Conference followed the success of KEMI’s previous conferences.

The 3rd KEMI Education Management conference on “Capacity Development of Education Managers towards achievement of Education for All (EFA) Goals” was held in June 2013 at KEMI. This conference attracted international delegates from countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, USA, South Sudan, Uganda, England and India

The 2nd KEMI National Education Management Conference on ‘Building Sustainable Quality Education in the context of Vision 2030’ was held at the Aga Khan Sports Centre in Mombasa in April 2012. This conference was attended by the District Education Officers and District Quality Assurance Officers.

The 1st KEMI National Conference on ‘Innovation and Education Management’ held on May 2010 at the KICC. This conference attracted 300 participants and showcased 44 presentations on innovation in education management.

Creating a Culture of Leadership Excellence

Creating a Culture of Leadership Excellence among Education Managers


With the introduction of new training programs, KEMI is fast creating a culture of leadership excellence among education managers.

An example of such a program, is ‘upgrading performance’. This program was introduced with the aim of improving the performance of schools that were lagging behind. The idea for this program was obtained from the National Institute of Education Management and Leadership, which is the capacity building agency for the Ministry of Education in Malaysia.

Another program introduced by KEMI was the National cohesion, integration & peace building.The aim of this program was to help the Government promote national cohesion and integration.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is another emerging training program in KEMI. The aim of this program is to help learners acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to shape a sustainable future. The idea for this program was obtained from the Mashav training Institute in Israel.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) embraced the Performance Contracting process introduced by the government through Legal Notice Number 93 of 2004. To support the TSC put schools on performance contracts, KEMI introduced a training program on performance contracting targeting principals of national schools.

KEMI has also provided extensive training in ICT integration in education. The Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) ICT program is provided by KEMI towards jumpstarting ICT integration in education in line with Vision 2030. In the same vein, KEMI took a lead role in the training of master trainers and other trainers for the national laptop project on ICT integration in the classroom.

It is also worth mentioning that since 2010, KEMI has been training education managers consistently on gender and HIV mainstreaming in education management in ASAL and hardship areas.

Revolutionizing Capacity Development

How KEMI is Revolutionizing Capacity Development in the Education Sector


The KEMI distance learning program heralds a new beginning for the capacity development of education managers in Kenya. Out of a total of 26,755 school heads in Kenya, 23,395 (87.4%) have successfully completed a Diploma in Education Management using distance learning.

These school heads were taken through five core management subjects, namely, management of public resources, leadership and good governance, performance management, curriculum and ICT management and emerging issues in education management. In addition the school heads were required to undertake an action research project.

Out of the 23,395 school heads that successfully completed the program, 97% attained a credit. It was a day to remember when the 23,395 school heads were awarded the Diploma in Education Management at a graduation ceremony held on 12th July 2013 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

KEMI has embarked on the second phase of the Diploma in Education Management which has an enrollment of 13,277 deputy heads of schools including those school heads that missed the first Diploma program. This program will also be delivered through distance learning methodology.

The curriculum for the second phase of the Diploma program has been reviewed to incorporate current and emerging issues in the education sector. The revised curriculum for this program includes management subjects such as education law, policy and reforms, effective resource management, transforming education management, child friendly schools, curriculum management, ICT integration in education, science, technology & innovation and guidance and counselling.

The third phase of the Diploma program will be launched in January 2015. It will target the remaining 15000 deputy head teachers. Other education managers targeted to benefit from this program include senior managers of public primary and diploma teacher training colleges. Like the earlier programs, this program will also be delivered through distance learning methodology.

It is hoped that by 2016, all school heads and deputy heads of primary and secondary schools will have undertaken the KEMI Diploma in Education Management.

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