Last Friday, I attended the first official Board of Management meeting at Bright Hope Lomolo High school. It was the first BOM meeting held with official Board of Management members after transitioning from the interim steering committee that has guided the school since its establishment late last year. It was also first BOM meeting with the new school principal, Ms Jane Mwangi.
The new school head, Jane Mwangi joined the school about a month ago as the first school principal and government teacher. She joined the volunteer and community employed teachers who have been running the school from the start beginning this year. She will help the transition of the school into a proper public high school and make way for more government teachers to join and teach in the school.
It is very encouraging to see the progress this school has made since its start in January 2016. With all the school buildings (for now) completed, it is now time for the next phase of building capacity of the school and creating proper institutions and procedure necessary to run and govern the school. This first meeting was crucial and important to set the pace for the school and establish how to run the school from now using the guidelines from the national authorities as it is practice in the country.
The main issues discussed in the meeting was how get and manage scarce resources from the community to help in the transitional period before a full governmental takeover and backing. Right now, the community is paying for the teachers and other resources required in the school hence the need to strategize. World Teacher Aid will help the school further with starter textbook donations in this transitory period.
This Board of Management is now constituted in line with government guidelines. With parents and teacher representatives from the PTA board, qualified members of the community – who have at least a college education – appointed by area’s education board and a representative from the District Education Board.