I think your school needs people with good knowledge of budget, procurement and financial management for effective functioning. It equally needs people with vast knowledge of administration and human resource management. It in the same view requires people who are community elders that know the locality and its culture very well to be part of its governing body for effective running of the school, etc.
The main activities undertaking by government body of the school i presently work with, involves the following:
They see to the advertisement, interview and recommendation of the best three applicants of the position of the Chief Executive through the ministry of Education to the President
They appoint some principal officers such as the Registrar, Bursar and the College librarian
They decide the capital project to be executives and the cost of such projects.
They see to the budget allocation of the college.
They assist in soliciting for major sponsors and donors for the college… Etc
The governing board or council is made up of fourteen distinguished men and women drawn from different works of life…
Four Distinguished Nigerians who are directly appointed by the President through the Ministry of Education. Amongst them is the Council Chairman.
One representative from the National Board for Technical Education
One representative from the Ministry of Education.
One indigene of the state the college is situated at.
One Alumnus or Alumna of the College
Three representative from the congregation
Two representatives from the Academic Board of the school
The College Chief Executive Officer
Interesting to note the composition of the Council in your state. Great effort.
Do you also have a representative from NBTE? MOE?
Governing body at a Government Secondary school-
Minister of education
Vice Principal- 2
Heads and Deans
PTA- Parent teachers association
Past pupil association
Safety officers- 2
School support services- Guidance officer and social worker
Local school board-LSB- this is comprise of the Principal, teachers’ union representative, parent representative, past pupil representative, business person from the community, student council representative, senior teacher and Ministry of education representative
Persons on the board are normally elected by school members or recommended by parents association, recommended by the minister of education, and elected by members of union to represent teachers.
The persons on the governing body are suppose to be of good standing and reputation, they normally have experience in some area that can contribute to overall growth of the organisation. They serve for a time frame and will be normally compensated for their time.
Since, Government schools are underfunding and lack resources, many Governing bodies such as PTA, Past pupils association and LSB will help in various areas to assist in the overall growth of the school. They may help in fund raising, special functions, sporting activities, graduation, lectures and help in bringing the community and school closer together.
Community leaders are crucial to the process since they try to assist students who are in low socio economic status to find jobs and create links between school and the community. Since our school has a long history with sporting activity- football, the community take an active role to support the students in this venture. Parents also are very involved in this sporting activity.
Community police officers are very involved in the school and have a good working relationship with administration, teachers and students. They help to intervene when crisis arise in the school and outside of the school. The school support services are also an important arm of the governing body. They are sent by the Ministry of education to help with social and psychological issues that arise with schools like ours- students have financial issues to come to school and they are absent regularly, learning loss, cyberbullying, sexual misconduct, and self harm. The school depends on the different areas of expertise to contribute to areas of focus and concerns, they help to formulate a plan of action which try to address the issues. They work together with the stakeholders to bring about positive change.
Thank you Sir,
Yes we do have a representative from the State MoE, we do invite staff from NBTE for crucial meeting.
The union has contributed in the promotion of staff welfare such as the implemention of consolidated salary structure.
Yes of course, they do.
The governing body I will talk about is a religious organization. The school is run by this organisation which consists of number of people , know as board members. The board has the president. Vice President, managers, secretary and board member. Board members can constitute of teachers, principal, members from different profession and age. Decision are made by the board and the principal implement the policy made. Some of the decision made are hiring of office staffs, maintenance of staff quarters or rent structure. Every board member has a say in decision making and a voting is done inorder for decision to me made for implementation.
Professional with education and finance background to help with strategic direction and resource mobilization.
The school principal to lead in implementation of the school governing body decisions.
A parent to represent parents
A teacher to represent teaches as part of the implementers
Community leader to represent the community and society.
Representative from ministry of education to ensure government policies are followed
Representative from finance department to ensure government policies on finances are followed
One person to represent minority groups (People with Disabilities, refuges and gender)
Sure, it is representing major interest groups
Looks like a bloated school governing body but very inclusive.
What do you mean by ‘bloated’ Sammy?
Yaba College of Technology is a federal polytechnic. The governing council is constituted by the federal government of Nigeria. It is made up of Education experts: Individuals with expertise in education, such as former or current educators, professors, or researchers, can provide valuable insight into academic programs, teaching methods, and student needs.
Industry leaders: Business leaders or representatives from industry sectors that the polytechnic serves can bring expertise on workforce needs, emerging technologies, and industry trends, helping the polytechnic stay relevant and responsive to the needs of the local economy.
Financial experts: Individuals with expertise in finance, such as accountants, bankers, or financial analysts, can help ensure the polytechnic’s finances are sound and that resources are allocated efficiently and effectively.
Legal experts: Lawyers or other legal professionals can provide guidance on regulatory compliance, risk management, and legal issues related to the polytechnic’s operations. For example the present chairman is a SAN
Student representatives: Students who are currently enrolled at the polytechnic can provide insights into the student experience, as well as bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the decision-making process.
In summary, an effective governing body of a polytechnic should consist of individuals who bring a range of expertise and perspectives to the decision-making process, ensuring that the polytechnic is well-governed and responsive to the needs of its stakeholders