Challenges facing board of governors in the management of schools in Nkuene division, Meru central district Kenya
The study aimed at assessmg the challenges facing the Boards of -""--. r Governors (BoG) in management of schools in Nkuene Division of Meru Central District. The study found out that there was gender imbalance favouring males in the BoG., with mature members all being above 30 years of age. Majority of members were of form four education level. However, majority of the members faced challenges as they had not read the important legal documents like education Act, T.S.C. Act, BoG management guide, among others. Ninety seven percent of the BoG members had not received any formal training or induction pertaining their expected roles, an aspect that make it difficult for them to makes decisions. The findings also reveal that the BoG nomination panel was wanting as there is a lot of political manipulation, and more to that, important stakeholders such as teachers, students and NGO's were left out. Main challenges eminating from other offices like MoEST" headquarter, T.S.C., DEO's are among hindering forces in their working programme challenges like poor financial management, human resource management, supervision of physical structures, discipline of staff and students, and poor academic achievement, results from low quality of members appointed as some are of low academic level, old age, overstaying in one BoG, serving in many school boards, having personal interests in school, among others. Not only has this study unearthed a number of management challenges faced by BoG's in Nkuene division, but also put forward a number of suggestions and recommendations which include, restructuring the nomination panel, to bring more parents and educationists, on board, setting age limit to the boards, number of schools one should serve as a member at a time, including teachers and students to BoGs and above all empowering BoGs and DEB's to deal with emerging challenges.