Education CS Kaimenyi directs schools to form boards

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has directed county directors of education to set up boards of management in all schools.

Prof Kaimenyi noted that schools need the boards to effectively run their activities.

“A number of schools already have the boards. Those that are yet to constitute theirs should do so,” said the CS who spoke at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development yesterday during a stakeholders’ forum on students unrest.

The boards recruit secondary schools teachers and submit them to the teachers commission, among other tasks.

However, the Kenya National Association of Parents is opposed to the formation of the boards until it is given a major role.

The association’s Secretary-General Musau Ndunda claims that their input has been ignored and he has since served some County directors of education with a demand letter through F N Wamalwa and Co advocates.

The row further complicates the recruitment of 2,662 secondary school teachers who are set to be posted to schools by September.

However, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has now directed that for schools with no board of managements, TSC directors will chair the interview sessions.

It is the board of management in schools that is tasked with recruitment of secondary schools teachers across the country before submitting the results to TSC county director.

Some schools have been operating for almost two years without boards of managements and which has made it hard for them to review their budgets as well as handle disciplinary cases due to the crisis.

Early this year, Prof Kaimenyi gazetted the Basic Education Regulations 2015 that paved way for the establishment of the boards of management.

However, KNPA insists that it has a lead role in the constituting of boards of management in schools.

The lobby group has also since demanded close to Sh65 million from schools to facilitate the election of the association’s officials but the demand has since been challenged in court by the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KSSHA), an umbrella body of all principals of public secondary schools in Kenya.