SGB curbs will ‘im­prove schools’

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By ERNEST MABUZA

● The out­cry against the pro­posed amend­ments to the SA Schools Act is like a re­group­ing of those who would like to ex­clu­sively keep ed­u­ca­tion ben­e­fits to them­selves.

This is the view of Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi‚ who was speak­ing on Mon­day fol­low­ing an up­roar over the Ba­sic Laws Amend­ment Bill.

The amend­ments‚ if en­acted‚ will weaken school gov­ern­ing bod­ies‚ with par­ents hav­ing less say on teacher ap­point­ments‚ school lan­guage poli­cies and pupil ad­mis­sions.

Le­sufi said: “It is quite clear that those who con­tinue to ben­e­fit from rem­nants of seg­re­ga­tion and colo­nial­ism to the ex­clu­sion of the ma­jor­ity of our peo­ple are hell-bent to put up a fierce fight to close out our peo­ple in ac­cess­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.”

He said he was star­tled by those who were op­posed to a re­view of the pow­ers of SGBs.

“Our peo­ple have raised se­ri­ous con­cerns on the con­duct of some SGBs, es­pe­cially on the ap­point­ment of senior man­agers of schools, as well as the man­age­ment of school fi­nances‚” the MEC said.

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