Protests af­fect elec­tion of SGBs in schools

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Free State News - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

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.

Sello Le­hari

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