Parents key to school success - minister

2012-01-30 19:22

Pretoria - Parent participation in school governing bodies (SGBs) is vital, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday.

"Schools with effective and efficient SGB members secure greater success than those with limited parental and community involvement."

Addressing reporters in Pretoria, Motshekga announced that the 2012 school governing body elections would be held from March 1 to 31.

"During that period parents, teachers, and learners in over 24 000 public schools will elect representatives across the country. Make yourself available for nomination, attend meetings, and participate in the elections."

She said SGBs played a critical role in the daily running of schools, especially in fighting racism, xenophobia, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and intolerance.

"Creative and resourceful SGBs play a fundamental role in mobilising scarce resources for education. I call upon all parents with children of school-going age to take part in the upcoming SGB elections. This is your chance as a parent and a member of the community to make a difference to your schools."

Parents or guardians of children at school, teachers, pupils in Grade 8 or higher, and other school staff members were eligible to be nominated and elected to a SGB.

The principal was always a member of the committee by virtue of his/her official capacity. People with no children at a school could also serve on a SGB, but had no voting rights.

Motshekga said communities should use people with expertise in areas that benefited the SGB and the school.

"Treating the SGB elections as a priority will help us in further improving the performance and passes we get. A careful selection of parents is of paramount importance."

Basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan said the size of the school determined the size of the SGB.

  • Max - 2012-01-30 19:38

    That is very true Angie, so why are you always trying to water down the autonomy of the SGBs?

      pws69 - 2012-01-30 19:58

      Correct, specifically the financial incentives to teachers of the 3200 quintile 4/5 schools as published middle of December. I cannot understand why she targets the few working schools, when the majority are dysfunctional. That said, people need to read the schools act and fully understand how much power they have been granted in making sure a school functions well. Make sure you turn out in your numbers to ensure the right people, and not the connected people, get elected. I'm Chairman of our SGB, and I can categorically state as fact that a well functioning SGB = a well functioning school. For those people seeking to be elected, familiarise yourselves with the recently released "The Handover File" which spells out not only the hand over process but quite a few of the functions of the SGB. A well written guidebook. Useful links: SGBs: The Schools Act Admission Policy (all parents need to understand this one)

      Francois - 2012-01-30 20:32

      Angie is, in fact, not trying to water down the autonomy of the SGBs. She has already done that! (Where she managed to find the time to dance for Zuma, run a ministry and castrate former model C schools SGBs, only she will know. Maybe Zuma did not shower after the meeting. The fact is that she is trying, once again, to make apartheid the scapegoat as at the the year when another batch of useless educatated learners hit the job market of the fences at UJ, she will say that the good schools are the ones where good literate parents are in operation at the SGB, but due to apartheid, the schools in Soweto and Alex and Umlazi and Gugulethu etc are not performing as one cannot expect of someone who was liberated before being educated to perform an oversight role at the SGB level - thus it is all apartheid's mistake, just as it was apartheid's mistake that Mbeki got rid of a good lot of white teachers and trainers of teachers to help him with his coloring book project and just as it is apartheid's mistake that SADTU has Vavi at the short and curly and he, hence has Zuma there and he tells Motshekga not to act. Angie, get those who can teach to teach, disregarding race, those who outeducate us today will outperform us tomorrow as millions of ill educated people who lost their jobs to Zimmers know. Now go take that shower, stop the dancing and the political rhetoric and get to work.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-30 20:36

    I don't think anybody really takes ANY minister seriously anymore.

      Cracker - 2012-01-30 20:40

      Qualification in order. I don't think anybody takes ANY minister seriously anymore except where their jolliness points to the limitations of our rights and freedoms and of course the expansion of the feeding troughs.

  • Irene - 2012-01-30 21:30

    That's right Angie, pass the buck again so you can put the blame for your shocking education statistics on somebody else's shoulders.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-30 23:42

    I do hope that the E Cape teachers are back to work when the SGB's are being selected.

  • Bibi - 2012-01-31 07:44

    This is exactly what the old Model C Schools are doing, but you are trying to block all their efforts in running a good school.

  • Bibi - 2012-01-31 07:48

    And spread the word that there is a deadline for admissions to schools and that should close at the end of the previous school year. No school can plan if they have a million kids on their doorstep on the first day of the new year. Surely any parent can understand this. And order textbooks on time and more importantly the Education Dept should deliver it on time. Planning seems to be a foreign concept in the ED.

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