Planning can be defined as a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape what an organization (or other entity) is, what it does, and why it does it. During the process of the strategic planning, the managers or owners (or stakeholders) review, re-examine and agree on the mission and vision of the organization. In addition they must engage in broad scale information gathering on the STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES and THREATS (SWOT) of the organization. Past performance as well as present levels of performance must be analysed.

Clearly identified and described issues and problems which need to be addressed through the strategic plan must be exposed to systematic analysis to identify the best alternative strategies for their resolution during the plan period. Future implications of the selected alternatives must be given due consideration.

The board of governors of Ng`iya Girls’ high School and the School’s management present this strategic plan for submission to the Siaya District Education Board as required under the implementation guidelines of the Kenya Education Support Sector support Programme (KESSP). Under these guidelines, the Boards of Governors were mandated to be in charge of School Development Plans which are prioritized for implementation.

The preparation of this plan was a joint effort of a team of selected Heads of Department and three governors under the guidance of Mr Paul Odaga who was the chairman of the committee. This select team drew a lot of inspiration and support from the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr David Okech, the Principal of the school, Mrs Florence Okut as well as the Siaya District Quality Assurance and Standards Officer, Mr Eliud Onyango.

The Five year strategic plan 2012-2017 is presented in five sections. Section one contains the background information on the school such as brief history, geographical location, school motto, mission, vision, values and anthem. Section two presents the situation analysis of the population, staffing, performance in national examinations and physical facilities. Shortages and identified needs are also presented. In section three are presented the many challenges, problems and issues facing the school.

Section four presents the real plan of Action where problems, issues and challenges are presented in a planning format indicating OUTPUTS (goals), OBJECTIVES, ACTIVITIES, INVOLVED AGENCIES, RESOURCES (Costs), TIMEFRAME and CONSTRAINTS.

In the fifth section funding for the strategic plan is dealt with and financially suitable recommendations made