LICS was founded in 1993 as a non- profit-oriented “Private Company” with an ongoing concern. It is established to operate as an independent International School in Lusaka offering high-quality academic education leading towards internationally acknowledged external courses for all students, irrespective of ethnicity, sex, nationality or religion. The School is accessible to international and Zambian citizens in the area with the primary language of instruction being English.
LICS is a non-profit making private Company limited by guarantee and accordingly, the Company has no share capital. The Articles of the Company provide that the number of the Members of the Company shall not at any time be less than ten (10) and shall not exceed fifty (50).
The Articles of Association of the Company provide that the Board of Directors shall consist of not less than six (6) and not more than eleven members (11) Board members and are elected from amongst the Parent Body during the AGM.
Any parent interested in a role on the Board should advise the Head of School who will put them in touch with the Board Chair.
Within the legal framework provided by the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors acts as a corporate body, is committed to the principles of current best practice in international school governance, and take account of all principles required for the management and supervision of the Company. They act with integrity, objectivity, and honesty in the best interests of the School. They are open about and prepared to explain, their decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest, within the confines of confidentiality, where appropriate.
The Board of Directors carry out their functions with the aim of taking a strategic role in the running of the School. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the School, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress, and reviewing the strategic framework in light of progress and changing environment.
The Head of School (HoS) is appointed by the Board. The HoS is the chief executive officer of LICS and has full operational control of the School including responsibility for the formulation of educational (Child Protection Policy), financial, and administrative policies and the management of LICS in accordance with the goals and policies established and approved by the Board.
Each LICS Board member signs the Code of Ethics, which is part of the Board Policy Manual.
The current structure of the Board is as follows:
|Committee||Main Areas of Responsibilities|
|HR & Remuneration||Employment contracts, labour issues, remuneration policies, HT recruitment, employment terms and conditions of service, salary scales, review of exit interviews|
|Governance and Compliance||Board policy manual/charter, strategic planning, accreditation process, curriculum development, quality/results, marketing/advertising plans, regulatory compliance and strategies|
|Facilities||Repair/maintenance of premises, licences, campus development, campus security, cleaning, health and safety, insurances|
|Finances||Annual budgets, forecasts, projections, monthly management accounts, annual audited accounts, bank issues/relationships, fee notes and collection of fees, cost management/control systems and policies, procurement policy, lease/rental negotiations/agreements/payments, ZRA matters – PAYE, TPIN, VAT, Tax Clearance Certificate|
Board members are committed to meet once a term as a full Board.
Each Board Member is attached to at least 2 sub-committee which also meets a minimum once a term or more and feeds back to the full Board meetings.