Public schools crying out for good corporate governance
SEE ALSO :Case on 15 Mau shut schools adjournedThe Kenyan Vision 2030 focuses on educational sector as a tool for development and eradication of poverty towards a sustainable future. Educational managers are therefore expected to provide sound leadership and good institutional governance in schools. The education Act establishes creation of Board of Management and outlines the appointment and qualification guidelines. However, a number of school managers are not adequately appointed based on qualification before taking up positions in the board of management. Most school boards lack good board best practices like; board competence, board tenure and board independence among others. Let me bring this into perspective. How many board members are appointed based on competency? What is the tenure of a board member? Are most board members capacitated to formulate and implement short term and long term strategic decisions? Are they able to set vision, establish goals, develop policies, allocate resources and assure accountability? What is the orientation of a board member? Or provided one has connections with the principal, religious affiliations or some other quotas automatically become a member without taking into consideration competency and other qualifications. This leads to poor management of school resources thereby affecting the overall performance of schools. Although good governance is not attainable in totality in ideal situations, governance primarily involves well-intentioned people who bring their ideas, experiences, resources and other human strengths to the policy-making table. Good governance is achieved through an on-going discourse that attempts to capture all of the considerations involved in assuring that stakeholder interests are addressed and reflected in policy initiatives. To promote an enabling environment, there is a need to prioritise the practice of good corporate governance which leads to efficiency and effectiveness of schools.
SEE ALSO :Audit key to safety in schoolsThe way schools are governed is crucial to a country’s economic development agenda. Therefore, board members need to be strategic thinkers, knowledgeable and trainable in matters of governance. Good corporate governance plays an important role in school performance and cannot be overlooked. It is incumbent upon all schools to promote good corporate governance by adopting best board practices as outlined in the principles of corporate governance. -The writer is a financial management expert, lecturer and mentor
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