Nambale Boys High School one of the leading high schools in Busia County has the most powerful Board of Management (BOM) full of highly educated and experienced compared to others within the county, including even neighbouring counties.
Contrary to recent online and social media reports of trouble brewing at the institution, the BOM and the new Principal Mr. Charles Hongo are in the process of tightening any lose ends at the institution so that it can qualify to be up-graded to a National School.
Speaking to Angaza News, the Board’s Chairman Prof Okumu Bigambo said, “As usual there may be a little challenges here and there, but nothing that this powerful board composed of highly experienced professionals cannot be able to handle to push Nambale Boys High School to higher levels.”
Among the Board members besides Prof. Bigambo a seasoned professional teacher who started off as a secondary school teacher to become a fully fledged professor of the university at the Moi University in Eldoret includes at least two other university professors, engineers, Doctors among other highly qualified professionals.
Prof. Bigambo was reacting to reports carried by Angaza News stating that trouble had erupted at the institution where the principal was allegedly accused of running the institution as “a personal entity” when it is a certified public High School.
He said that the board was in complete control of the highly respected institution’s management, although just formed in the recent past after being under the leadership of former Nambale ACK diocese retired Bishop Rt. Rev. Makhandia before the current Prelate Magina who surrendering it to professionals as he concentrated on church duties.
He said its after a forensic audit at the school was conducted in collaboration with the county government after the current Principal took over, that a number of loopholes were established right from the students, teaching and non-teaching population to identify areas that needed to be strengthened. “With recommendations from the Ministry of Education we were advised to hire a security firm to manage the institution considering its stature instead of relying on locally hired guards who have no experience in security matters, but we re-deployed them to other departments in the institution,” said the chairman.
He said there were a few security of officers who have been either pilfering school property or colluding with other external operatives to do so, but they were discovered and handed over to the police being a criminal matter. He said that as a matter of fact with the opening of schools after the prolonged closure as one of the deadly Covid 19 control measures, the management has embarked on an extensive programme of revamping all departments at the institution.
Prof. Bigambo said: “Indeed it is not true as alleged that employees from Busia county are being sacked or demoted only to be replaced by those from outside the county, particularly Kisumu County where the Principal of the school hails from.”
He said the audit also established quite a number of vacancies in various departments At the institution for which the board has discussed in some of its meetings and agreed to advertise for them to be filled up competitively by qualified professional applicants preferably from Busia County.
One of the vacancies identified is that of a school Bursar who should have an excellent Certified Public Accountants (CPA) qualifications and experience to boot to the job as the school expands and spreads its wings from near to far corners.
“Currently we are involved in many development projects at the institution in close collaboration not only with the county government but also the ministry of education at the national level because we are determined to transform Nambale Boys High School not only as the best performing institution in national examinations, but also in discipline of students, commitment and dedication of our staff crowned with the best physical environment and service provision not only in the county, but the entire Western Kenya region,” the BOM boss said. He said the Board’s main focus is to ensure that the institution was transformed from a regional or provincial high school to a National High School, which will make it join the list of the few schools in Busia County to achieve that level.
Nambale Boys High School was founded in 1972 by the Church of the Province of Kenya (CPK), Diocese of Maseno North. It is currently sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya, Diocese of Nambale.
The school is situated along Busia Mumias road 3 Kms from Nambale Town in Nambale Constituency in Busia County, 25 Kms from Busia Town.
It has been presenting students for Kenya National Examination (KNEC) since 1975. In KCSE results has seen steady rise in performance from 2008. This led to the school being the top school in Busia County in 2015, 2014 and 2013 in KCSE examination.