Influence of board of management on completion of constituency development funded projects in public secondary schools in Bumula subcounty in Kenya
Kenyan schools under the constituency development fund, including schools in Bumula Sub-County, have the same management programme as adopted from the National management committee (NMC). H o w e ve r , c o m p l a i n t s ha v e b e e n r a i s e d o n B O M ’ s i n c a p a b i l i t y o n m a n a g e m e n t o f f u n d e d p r o j e c t s o f t h e C D F k i t t y i n K e n y a a n d a l s o i n B u m u l a S u bc o u n t y ( D E O ’ s R e p o r t , 2 0 1 2 ) . This is because under the CDF kitty several funded projects have been initiated in schools w he r e some .The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of Board of Managements on completion of CDF Funded projects in public secondary schools in Bumula Sub-county. The objectives of the study were to establish how interests of Board of Management influence completion of CDF projects, to determine how project identification by Board of Management influences the completion of CDF projects, to examine how community participation in Board of Management’s decision making on completion of CDF projects and to investigate how management of funds by Board of Management influence completion of CDF funded projects in public secondary schools in Kenya. The study employed the Theory of change as postulated by Priscilla Lewis. The study adopted descriptive research design with a target population of 266 respondents and a sample size of 202 was chosen using Krejcie and Morgan verification table. Questionnaires and interview guides were used to collect data which was analyzed descriptively. Data was presented in tables and percentages. The findings of the study showed that the interests of Board of Management influenced the completion of CDF funded projects where recruitment of project staff was biased towards friends and relatives by 66.7% responses, It was noted that project identification by Board of Management was inclined towards project completion whereby 49.7% of the respondents stated to little extent, Location meetings and forums were held and used to select CDF projects in various schools as method of project identification. Community participation in Board of Management’s decision making was low to great extent where 38.5% of the respondents disagreed to have involved the community in project design and implementation of CDF funded projects. Finally, the management of funds by the Board of Management influenced the completion of Constituency Development Funded projects in public secondary schools in Bumula Sub-County in Kenya where 49.7% of the respondents asserted to great extent that organizational structure and culture of CDF committee in the process of funding influenced the completion of CDF funded projects and 71.8% of the respondents asserting to great extent that the same process was influenced by delayed disbursement of the CDF funds, and long bureaucratic process at the Constituency. The recommendations that the BOM should develop clear policy guidelines on recruitment, deployment and employment of project staff for contribution of CDF projects and awareness creation for the community members and community participation in sharing and formulation of policies, project design and implementation of CDF funded projects. The BOM to facilitate induction courses and training level on good financial governance which has a bearing on knowledge and skills grounded towards project management, Location meetings and forums should be used to select CDF projects. This would minimize stalled CDF projects in schools. The study findings may be used by the Ministry of Education to formulate financial policies related to CDF funds and project management.