Chapter 3.4 (SST 8)

The Role of the School Management Committee

All public day primary schools have a School Management Committee(SMC). Public boarding schools have a Board of Governors (BOG). A school Management Committee consists of 13 members who are elected by the parents, the District Education Board (DEB) and the school’s sponsor. The parents are elected from each class in the school, to represent the interests of the parents. The headteacher is the Secretary to the School Management Committee. The following are some of the roles of the School Management Committee:

  1. To collect and account for use of funds received from the Ministry of Education or parents.
  2. To advise the District Education Board and the Ministry of Education on the staffing needs of the school.
  3. To recruit and dismiss school workers.
  4. To implement development projects within the school, such as, building of classrooms, library and other buildings.
  5. To inform the DEB and the Ministry of Education on matters affecting the school and the pupils.
  6. To ensure that good standards and traditions of the school are maintained.

Make small notes on how your school is managed.

The role of pupils in school management

Pupils play an important role in the running of their schools. We all need to make our school a better place to learn. We need to obey the rules at all times. We need to be at the right place doing the right thing. When we are in class and the teacher is not in, we should spend our time studying or discussing in groups.

We need to attend all lessons of the day. We should behave well and respect our teachers and parents. We should sit for all exams and tests and proceed to the next class. We should do our home work as required.

We all need to take part in games and sports as it helps to make us healthy and fresh to carry out activities in class.

We need to make our school clean by throwing litter at the right places. In most of our schools, teachers appoint class monitors and school prefects to assist in the running of schools. Prefects are usually the most hardworking pupils and are good examples to the rest of the pupils. They need to be respected by all pupils.

Our respect for authority starts by respecting and obeying our prefects. They help in organising the pupils in carrying out activities such as cleaning the compound, doing games, obeying the school rules and doing our studies.

Fig. 3.4: Children cleaning the school compound

Write down the role of pupils in running your school.

Work to do

1. Which one of the following is not a function of the School Management Committee?

  • Maintaining school traditions.
  • Paying salaries of teachers.
  • Transferring teachers.
  • Employing teachers.

2. Money received in school should be spent through the advice of 

3. A man who chooses traditional marriage may

  • Marry up to a maximum of four wives.
  • Marry again only if he is divorced.
  • Marry many wives.
  • Marry a woman only from his community.

4. In situations where both parents have died, who among the following people should apply for the Letters of Administration?

  • The adult first born son.
  • The local chief.
  • Parents of the deceased.
  • The adult first born child.
  1. State three marriage systems recognised in Kenya.
  2. Give the main reason why marriage is encouraged.
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