Protests affect election of SGBs in schools
SOME schools in the province failed to have new school governing bodies (SGBs) elected last month due to community protests.
Out of the 1493 schools that participated in the process, eight could not elect new structures as parents failed to turn up due to the unrest.
The education and sport develop- ment department has given the affected schools until the end of this month to complete the process.
MEC Sello Lehari thanked the schools that managed to elect SGBs and promised close monitoring to those doing the process now.
“On behalf of the department, I would like to thank all parents for taking part in the elections by allowing them to be elected or to elect others,” Lehari said. “Schools with well structured and functional SGBs have proved to be performing very well academically. I wish them well and success in their term of office.”
The new SGB committees have already been lined up to undergo induction and an intensive training on managing school funds, policy development and issues of governance.
Lehari said the new SGB structures would be monitored and supported to ensure maximum performance in their execution of their functions.
“The primary purpose of the elections is to invite all parents with children in public schools to take part by electing and allowing themselves to be elected into these structures that help in the day to day running of schools,” he said.
Initially, the elections were supposed to run from March 1 to the 31st.