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The East African : Dec 15th 2014
10 The EastAfrican NEWS DECEMBER 13-19,2014 PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION The Managing Director-MPL Our Client, The Nation Media Group, is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with operations in print, broadcast and digital media. Monitor Publications Limited (MPL) founded in 1992 based in Kampala, Uganda is a principal subsidiary of the Nation Media Group. MPL is Uganda’s leading independent media company. The company’s publications include the Daily Monitor Newspaper, Saturday Monitor, Sunday Monitor and the Daily Monitor E-paper (Electronic Edition) with a readership of over 1,000,000. Other MPL product portfolio include 93.3 KFM, Dembe FM and Ennyanda (a Lugunda, weekly sports newspaper). The company also offers advertising plans, including banner advertisements, classifieds, Web brochures, and supplements. Monitor Publications Limited seeks to recruit a qualified and competent person to fill the Managing Director (MD) position. The Managing Director-MPL is a member of the Executive Management Team of the Nation Media Group. RESPONSIBILITY The managing Director is responsible for directing the activities of the Company to meet strategic objectives, achieve profitability targets, design and execute the company’s strategic goals, motivate staff for high productivity, manage resources for the sustainability of the company and maximize returns to shareholders. Key duties and main responsibilities will include the following: • • • • • • • • Lead in the design and execution of the Company’s strategy and direction with clear milestones and measures of success Lead the company’s Executive team in delivery and implementation of strategic objectives • Avail and manage MPL’s resources both financial and physical, to drive the execution of business objectives Direct the activities, processes and productivity of the Company to meet performance goals and objectives Grow and sustain strategic partnerships and alliances with stakeholders in the industry such as government, shareholders, suppliers and customers Spearhead the company’s mission to Educate, Inform and Entertain the nation in a sustainable manner Develop and implement a performance driven organizational culture that motivates staff Establish regular business performance monitoring and reporting with remedial actions where necessary Lead in the development of new products and innovative ideas for business growth Minimum requirements • • • • • • Bachelor’s degree in a business related field and a Master’s qualification in business management will be an added advantage. Minimum 15 years’ work experience, 5 of which should be in a senior leadership role Proven and Demonstrated Leadership skills Evidence of previous involvement in strategic planning, development and implementation Experience in managing government relations Experience in Journalism or in the Media Industry will be an added advantage • Aged between 35 and 55 The desired core competencies include the following areas: • • Strategy formulation and execution Excellent communication skills oral and written • Very strong interpersonal skills • • • • • • • • • • Strong Business acumen Good organizational and planning skills Highly organized with ability to multitask Assertive, proactive and diligent with commitment to high standards of service delivery Creative and innovative, with a forward thinking approach Ability to prioritize, organize own workload and manage projects to completion Ability to work well under pressure and with tight time constraints Knowledge of the country relevant legislation How to apply If your qualifications and experience match any of these roles, please email your application quoting the job title to Executive Selection Division, KPMG at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach your CV containing your e-mail address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience, current position/ occupation and names & addresses of three referees together with a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarizing why you consider yourself particularly well suited for the position. Do not attach any other documents at this point. All applications should be sent via email. Please clearly state the position in the subject line of your email. Closing date for receipt of applications will be 31 December 2014. Applications will be selected on merit and only those short listed will be contacted for interviews. For any questions regarding the application process please contact Executive Selection Division, KPMG on +256 414 347833, +256 414346294 or +256 414 340 315. © 2014 KPMG Uganda, a Ugandan partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved. High standards of integrity, with a clean track record Ability to influence Pupils of Sokoine primary school in Dar es Salaam. Pictures: File Tanzania wants to help run its private schools A d≥aft Bill p≥ovides fo≥ a p≥ivate school to admit govt-sponso≥ed students and ≥eceive teache≥s f≥om the state By JOSEPH MWAMUNYANGE Special Correspondent T he Tanzanian government is preparing a law that will allow it to participate in the running of private schools. The draft Bill aimed at creating the Basic and Secondary Education Act 2014 proposes that the education minister may, in consultation with the minister responsible for local government, gazette the designation of a private school as public. The law would provide for such a school to admit government-sponsored students, and for the government to post some of its teachers to the school. A similar model is used in the health sector, whereby the government has posted staff in church-owned hospitals and health centres. The Bill, which is awaiting tabling in parliament, also proposes the establishment of the Basic and Secondary Education Authority to oversee secondary education, provide the structure for basic and secondary education and special needs education and accreditation. The secretary general of Tanzania Association of Managers and Owners of NonGovernment Schools and Colleges, Benjamin Nkonya, said that after consultations, the draft had been amended to provide that the designation be for a specified period, and after a formal agreement with the owner and approval by the education regulator. A second round of discus- sion will be convened by the ministry once it finishes consulting other stakeholders. Private schools perform better in national examinations than those run by t he g ov e r nment , whi ch charge lower fees. In real terms, however, public schools are more expensive to run due to government procurement procedures and inefficiencies. The country has 2,700 pri- vately-owned education facilities, which include primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, while the government has 16,000 primary schools and 4,300 secondary schools. While public primary schools are free, secondary schools cost a parent up to Tsh250,000 ($145) per annum. For private schools, a parent could part with up to Tsh4,000,000 ($2,323) per year. Government schools in EXPANSION Tanzania are twice as expensive to run as their privately-owned counterparts, reflecting the impact of public procurement procedures on the cost of delivering basic services and goods. As an example Mr Nkonya said a 1kg packet of maize flour at the governmentowned Mpwapwa High School in Dodoma costs Tsh3,500 ($2.03) while the price of the same bag at the Kibaigwa market in the same region is only Tsh450 ($0.26). At the neighbouring pri- vately run Christopher Secondary School, the price for 1kg of maize flour is Tsh300 ($0.173) because the owner negotiates the prices with the Kibaigwa market wholesalers for bulk purchases. According to Mr Nkonya, whereas the actual unit cost of providing education (primary or secondary) in Tanzania is $1,000, it doubles to $2,000 in government schools. Mr Nkonya who was dis- cussing the proposed Education Act, said that while the proposal had initially raised alarm bells, in reality it could increase access to education by opening up redundant capacity in private hands. As per the proposed Bill, A school at Kenya’s coast. Public-privatepartnership in education: The concept is supported by the World Bank, whose Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) programme sees the private sector as one means of expanding school enrolment for all students. designating in relation to service provision refers to the agreement between the government and a private asset owner for the former to use them for service provision. “Thus, privately owned school buildings may be used by the government to run secondary education programmes. Besides, a person may have the assets but is not interested in managing a school. Under such circumstances, the government may take up the structures and use them to provide education,” said Mr Nkonya.
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