SGB curbs will ‘improve schools’
● 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.