School boards should be headed by professionals, women’s lobby group says

MYWO Matungulu Chairperson Victoria Mulalya speaking at a past event.

For better results in schools, Board of Management members should be professionals who can provide meaningful assistance and advice to schools on pertinent issues, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) Matungulu branch has said.

MYWO Matungulu branch Chairperson, Victoria Mulalya, lamented that many BoMs are headed by people with zero commitment, a quality is crucial for effective management.

She added that some of these positions have been politicized with local politicians fighting to place their cronies in the positions.

According to Mulalya, the 2023 KCSE results released on January 8 were not satisfactory considering that many schools have the potential to perform better but lack support.

“Some of the people elected in these boards have no interest or experience in education matters. It is concerning when such positions are influenced by politics rather than qualifications. This may look harmless but for the sake of our children’s and schools’ future in Ukambani, from now on, these boards should be headed by professionals,” she said.

“If you look keenly you will note that schools that performed in Ukambani have a strong BoM that has been supporting them and those with unsatisfactory results need to be supported more to achieve their potential,” she added.

Mulalya also asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to deploy more teachers in schools as many were understaffed.

By Agnes Orang’o

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