Role of Board Governors in the management of secondary schools in Kasikeu Division. Nzaui District, Kenya
Mutuku, Elijah Mulai
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The study analyzed major roles of the Board of Governors in the management of the public Secondary Schools in Kasikeu Division, Nzaui District, Kenya. The study examined the involvement of Board of Governors as the salient prerequisite to the success of the schools in all areas of operations so as to create enabling environment to carter for efficient school management which would improve academic standards and provide quality education. The study was mainly guided by establishing the roles performed by the BOGs in the management of school finances, physical facilities and material resources, students' discipline, and staff personnel, curriculum and instruction, implementation of education policies and school community relations in Kasikeu Division, Nzaui District. The literature review was carried under the following tittles; financial management, physical and material resources, student discipline, teachers and staff personnel management, curriculum and instruction management, policy implementation and community relations management. The study targeted a population of 160 members of BOGs and 10 head teachers in the ten schools. A sample of ten schools was picked through stratified sampling with two BOG members in every school totaling to twenty. All the head teachers in the ten sampled schools were included in the study. Data was collected from BOG members and headteachers by use of questionnaires, interview, guides and observational schedules. A pilot study was also undertaken to test the reliability of the instruments used. The study found out that most of the BOG members were not always involved in financial management matters. Regarding education policy implementation, BOG members were sometimes or rarely involved. Majority of the BOG members were always involved in the curriculum and instruction management issues. Regarding physical and material resources management issues, most of the BOG members were not always involved. The study found out that also the BOG members were not always involved in the school community relations management matters. The study recommends that, the minimum qualifications for appointing BOGS be raised to Bachelors degree level and BOGS be both trained on school management policy making and BOG employees be appraised annually.