Employees and officials working for the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission have been barred from sitting in school boards over fears of conflict of interest.
The Basic Education Principal Secretary Jwan Julius gave a directive through a circular to all Regional Directors of Education, county Directors of Education and sub county Directors of Education. The PS said appointment of such officials as Board Members was compromising service delivery in learning institutions.
Normally the Secretary to the BoM is the principal of the school which is enshrined in the Basic Education act .The teachers representative is also a member of the Board .
According to the Basic Education act,the Boards normally comprises of Six members elected to represent parents of the school or local community in the case of the county secondary schools.
The members include one person nominated by the County Education Baord ,one representative of the teaching staff and three representatives of sponsors of the school. We have also one person representing special interest groups in the community, one person representing person with special needs and a representative of the students ‘ council who shall be an semi-officio member.
The BoM may also from time to time co-opt into its membership such persons as it is satisfied possesses skills and experience to assist in the execution of the board’s functions.