Parents urged to take elections seriously

2018-04-03 06:01

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is urging parents to get involved in the election of school governing bodies (SGBs) to ensure they have responsible representatives to attend to the running of school affairs.

This follows recent reports of complaints by parents of Livingstone High School in Claremont regarding poor management and an unreliable SGB at the school.

According to reports, parents allege there is a communication breakdown between them and the school.

The school reportedly fails to communicate plans and sudden changes that require parents to act in the best interests of their children.

Reports have it that parents say the lack of communication is a cause of frustration for them and the learners at the school, meanwhile posing a risk to those who use transport to get to school if the school is dismissed before the normal time.

In response to their complaints, Millicent Merton, the provincial education spokesperson, said: “The school governing body, school management team and departmental officials have previously acknowledged and dealt with various complaints raised by concerned parents of Livingstone High School. Governing body elections were scheduled and the WCED launched a campaign during February and early March to promote the elections. We urge parents to participate fully in the nomination and election of members to ensure that schools serve the best interests of their children.”

It is reported that parents failed to attend the nomination meeting on the first date that was set and the process was postponed to Tuesday 27 March.

People’s Post contacted the school for comment, but the person who answered the phone denied the reports. However, after a follow-up question, the individual said he would rather give a written response and requested that an email be sent, which he said he would refer to the principal.

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