In Summary

  • I was called in to the meeting as secretary. The HM is actually the secretary but in Mwisho wa Lami and beyond, I am usually called to most meetings to take notes due to my internationally renowned, award winning handwriting!
  • Elections were done shortly afterwards and Tito was elected the chair of the Board.
  • Catherine then introduced the new BOM to the staffroom.
  • “We are happy to join and support you,” said Mary, THOAG’s representative to the board.

You will remember how, last year, there was a furore over the appointment of Board of Management members. At the time, a new ministerial circular reminded headmasters that the board members must be Form Four leavers, as per the Basic Education Act.

Now if you know Mwisho wa Lami very well, then you do not need a calculator to know that getting several Form Four leavers who are old enough is as difficult as finding a solution to the doctors’ strike.

All the who is who in this village like Alphayo, Rasto, Hitler, Nyayo among others never even completed primary school, let alone stepping in a secondary school. And they have been serving on the PTA of this school for years.

“Kama mtoto wangu ameenda mpaka Form Four, basi mimi nimeenda university,” argued Alphayo, who believes that he is brighter, more educated and wiser than his children who have schooled more than him.

“Hii shule sisi ndio tulianzisha, tungesoma aje na shule hazikukuwa?” wondered Rasto at Hitler’s, saying that they would not leave the BOM of the school. “Hiyo PTA hatutoki, hapo ndio wazee kama sisi tunakulia,” he declared.

The old men remained close to Bensouda and as such, using her connections at TSC and the county education office, she management to get an exemption that allowed her BOM to consist of people who have never sat for a national exam – any national exam. The trio – Alphayo, Rasto and Nyayo supported Bensouda in everything she did.

So when, early this year, Bensouda was interdicted and Catherine appointed acting headmistress, I smelt trouble. Catherine never called for a BOM meeting and it is no wonder the trio joined Bensouda last week when she caused a scene at the school. One of the complaints they had is that there had not been a BOM meeting for two months.

NO MEETING?

I asked Catherine later that evening whether it was true that there had been no meeting.

“Yes, there has been no meeting because the BOM is not properly constituted,” she said. “And that explains why the school performs poorly. There is no one to provide good strategic leadership to the school.”

I reminded her that there are no good Form Four leavers out there to serve on the board but she laughed it off saying that she would have a new board in a matter of days. I asked her where she would get the people but she just laughed.

She kept her word. Last Monday, no sooner had she arrived at school than I saw some people arrive in school. There was Kizito, who you know is now contesting to be our next MCA, Tito, a former pupil of this school, and proprietor of Busy Bees Academy. Tito graduated with honours of a strong D- from the nearby Mwisho wa Lami Secondary School. You will all remember how Tito conned me last year when we coached KCPE students together, but he ran away with all the money, leaving me, the real worker, with nothing. We do not see eye to eye.

Apostle Overseer Elkana, the anointed Spiritual Superintendent of The Holiest of All Ghosts Tabernacle (THOAG) Assembly also arrived accompanied buy some lady, whom she appointed as the church’s representative.

Although this school was started by the community, Apostle Elkana slowly appointed himself the official school pastor, and recently declared his church our school’s sponsor. The truth of the matter is that it’s the school that sponsors his church!

I was called in to the meeting as secretary. The HM is actually the secretary but in Mwisho wa Lami and beyond, I am usually called to most meetings to take notes due to my internationally renowned, award winning handwriting! Elections were done shortly afterwards and Tito was elected the chair of the Board.

Catherine then introduced the new BOM to the staffroom.

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