Factors influencing functions of boards of management in public secondary schools in Sameta District, Kisii County , Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish the factors influencing management of Board of Management in public secondary schools in Sameta district, Kisii County, Nyanza province. The study is guided by four objectives that revolved on the establishment of Boards of Management, the extent to which Boards of management are trained in carrying out their duties, extent to which studies on schools boards from international perspective have been adhered to by the Boards of management and finally the extent to which research work in Kenya on schools’ boards have been adhered to by the Boards of Management. The study adopted descriptive survey and the target population included 22 principals and 22 public secondary schools three sponsor's, representatives and the D.E.O in Sameta district. Data was analyzed by use of SPSS programme and presented by use of frequency tables, bar graphs and pie charts. Based on the findings of the study, it is recommended that, panelists be given relevant training in recruitment and selection of Boards of Management members. A uniform selection criteria should be followed strictly, the BOM chairpersons be elected from any of the appointed BOM members and not strictly from those representing the sponsor alone. A BOM development committee in charge of the BOM recruitment training and BOM welfare be established at the district. BOM be constituted in time, the chairperson be at least a graduate, professional who are educated should be involved in the process leaving out the politicians. The minimum qualification of the BOM members be raised to a bachelors degree, the selection panel should strictly adhere to the MOE policy guidelines and procedures, BOM positions should be advertised, nominees should be interviewed and vetted and there should be thorough verification of the nominees academic certificates and testimonials by the panelists. It was also suggested that in order to enhance the effectiveness of the training of the BOM members it was suggested that the MOE should provide adequate funding for training BOM members who should attend a mandatory induction course for one week before. Resuming duties, the MOE should deploy adequate staff at the district, CDF should give support in the training of the BOM members. A body in charge of BOM recruitment, training and welfare be established at the district, the MOE should establish a systematic BOM training program to be carried out on a regular basis through seminars and workshops and there should be an annual review of the BOM performance. Lastly KEMI should devolve it's services to the county level to assist the training program so as to cut down expenses for training. The suggestion in the Education Act (2013), the name BOG to change to (BOM) Board of Management and that professionals like teachers should be allowed into the BOM should also be adhered to. The researcher suggested that since this research was conducted in Sameta District of Kisii County, similar study should be conducted in other districts to find the factors influencing BOM management in public secondary schools. There is also need to asses the effectiveness of the recruitment, selection and training of the SMC in management public primary schools. There is also need to assess the extent to which political, community and religious interference recruitment and selection of the BOM members in public secondary schools are affected. Finally, there is need to examine the challenges facing KEM1 in training of the education managers in Kenya.