, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – The Ministry of Education has directed heads of public primary and secondary schools to display audited accounts of their respective institutions on notice boards for accountability and transparency.
A circular signed by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi says the directive applies to chairpersons of schools’ boards of management, principals of public secondary and primary schools as well as the County Directors of Education.
“The Constitution of Kenya 2010 article 35 grants the citizens a right to information. As a gesture of being accountable, it is becoming increasingly necessary for schools and all public education institutions to avail audited accounts to stakeholders as is best practice in other sectors where such accounts are published,” he said.
According to the circular, boards of management should also make sufficient copies of the audited accounts for discussion during Annual General Meeting of parents.
“Further, stakeholders and parents have a right to participate in the management of their schools as well as the right to good governance, integrity, transparency, and accountability as provided for at Article 10 of the Constitution,” Kaimenyi states in the circular.
He further indicated that the audited accounts will constitute a substantive agenda item at such meetings.
“As is already a requirement, boards of management must ensure that all grants and donations channelled to their schools are also displayed on the said notice boards and official receipts issued to the donors or sources of such funds,” he said.
He also pointed out that BOMs should make sufficient copies for discussion during AGM’s of parents.
“In the spirit of remaining accountable to the public for huge investments in education through government grants and fees paid by parents, all schools are by copy of this circular directed to display their audited accounts and school notice boards with sufficient copies for discussion during the Annual General Meetings of parents. The audited accounts of schools will thus constitute a substantive agenda item at such meetings,” he said.
The Education CS underscored the need for the head of schools audit to speed up the audit of school books of accounts and promptly make the reports available for discussion during parents meetings.
The circular is copied to the Secretary/CEO Teachers Service Commission, the head of schools audit and the Auditor-General.