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Schools advised to select BOG members on merit

Schools and parents in Nairobi County have been advised to select Board of Governors and Parent Teachers Association members who are committed to the affairs of their institutions and are available to offer moral guidance to students.

The Nairobi Regional Commissioner James Kianda said BOG members should be selected on merit as it will enable the schools be run by the right leadership.

“Schools should not have BOG members who have no time to talk and counsel students. Are we guiding the nation right if were on those Boards when we visit the schools for a few hours and go away leaving the whole burden for guidance on the principal,” asked the RC.

He said it is regrettable that in a span of one month the county has witnessed fire breakouts in three schools, a matter he said can be prevented if the students are engaged by the Board of Governors and Parents Teachers Associations.

The RC who was addressing Deputy County Commissioners and Sub County Educations Officers during the launch of the Competence Based Curriculum Infrastructural Development at Ngara Girls High School that was attended by the Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa and Nairobi Regional Director of Education Margaret Lesuuda said the fire outbreaks are disrupting learning activities in schools and destroying infrastructure worth millions of shillings.

“We are going to call senior managers of education to address the matter and engage stakeholders to get to the bottom of the fire outbreaks,” said Kianda.

It is sad to see cases of indiscipline amongst students where others are making unnecessary demands such wanting to take control of the television programmes and calling for discontinuing of morning prayers, an issue he said must be stopped to avoid further destruction of school property.

He also noted that time has come for stakeholders to be involved in the reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure in schools, adding that the government spends a lot of funds in building the schools and has no resources to replenish what is being destroyed by the fires.

“The government’s priority is to increase classrooms and not to redo what it had completed,” said Kianda, and urged parents to bring up their children in a morally upright manner to enable them become responsible citizens.

The RC also called upon school sponsors and in particular, churches to interact more with the students by engaging them in moral behaviour as it will prevent incidences of indiscipline.

By Bernadette Khaduli

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