School body elections successful

2012-04-17 17:43

Bloemfontein - Most schools linked to the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA (Fedsas) had successful elections last month, the organisation said on Tuesday.

A record proportion of more than 70% of Fedsas member schools countrywide reached the required quorum during the elections, said Jaco Deacon, deputy CEO of Fedsas.

"Successful governing body elections show parents pulling together to improve education at schools."

Deacon said the greater involvement of parents showed they were aware of the essential role governing bodies played in education in South Africa. He said some schools reached a 100% voting percentage among parents.

The voting percentage was especially high at primary schools.

Deacon said the 2012 elections were a huge improvement on previous elections, which took place every three years.

In the past, more than two thirds of functional schools had been forced to hold a second election because less than 15% of parents had participated.

Fedsas said the training of new governing bodies would start this week.

School governing bodies are responsible for, among other things, admission, religious practices and language policies, the appointment of staff, and disciplinary codes.

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