PEA Administrators Embrace News Skills on Proper School Management

Principals, Managers and Finance Clerks of the Presbyterian Education Authority (PEA) have embraced new skills to ensure the proper management of their various schools.

This was during a one day seminar that took place at Church Centre Mankon last week  and was organized by the PCC Education Secretary, Mr Njie S Kale in collaboration with the PCC Fianacial Secretary Mrs. Ines Nsame Mbongo.

The mindset of the participants were prepared by a meditation presented by the Moderator’s Representative in the NWR, the Rev Jum Ignatius on the theme, “make every effort to confirm your calling by God.” The Rev Jum frowned at false teachers whose only job is to either exhibit a lot of pride  or demonstrate some negative tendencies. Ha called on the participants to keep to Christ and keep climbing that ladder of virtues remarking that, “he who fails to plan, plans to fail.”

Talking to the participants, the PCC Education Secretary, noted that this being the first technical meeting of this nature, he described it a strategic and crucial one because it was coming at a time when the Church is undergoing serious evolutions in its financial policies. The life wire of the school he said depends on the Principal or Manager and the Finance Clerk and hence called on them to be meticulous in expenditures and fine- tune their bargaining strategies.

In order to achieve proper school management, he prescribed the need for the both parties to formulate a very healthy working relationship that must be marked by mutual trust and maturity, verifications and justifications, regular consultations and cooperation, cordiality and conviviality as well as confidentiality and assiduity. If these do not prevail it may lead to cases of conflicts between the principal or manager and the finance clerk ranging from mistrust and disrespect, suspicion and nonchalance, impatience and excesses, and undue tension.

It was therefore hoped that  the new management policies  will also help wipe out corrupt practices, ensure accountability and instill financial sanity in the entire school system of the Church.

The Education Secretary however stressed that the strict implementation of these policies should not and should never compromise the authority of the school heads. He ended by using the words of British analyst Robertson David who said that, “ a bad manager confuses activities and that fraud in any institution deserves no mercy.”

The seminar was characterized by group work sessions between the various participants concerned whose main focus was to come out with possible ways of ensuring a healthy working relationship between the principal or manager and the finance clerk in order to properly mange their schoos efficiently.

In the end resolutions were taken as to the way forward and indication that the PEA will experience a new facelift in the proper management of schools.

 

By Rosaline Obah

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