SGB elections 2018: Your vote is your voice

Parents, you can have a say in the governance of your children’s school. Photo: Pixabay. For illustrative purposes.

Parents and guardians, are you ready to see some positive changes take place at your school?

In view of the three-year term for school governing bodies (SGBs) having ended on 28 February, the Gauteng Department of Education is urging parents and guardians to make their voices heard during the 2018 SGB elections from 1 March to 31 March in all Gauteng schools.

The theme for this year’s election process is ‘Be Active, Be Principled, Vote Well’, and it’s time for your community to actively participate in the governance of your children’s schools.

What is the role of the SGB?

• Promote the best interests of the school

• Ensure development of the school through the provision of quality education for all learners

• Support the principal with financial administration, school maintenance, recommendations when appointing staff etc.

Who can be voted in?

• Parents and legal guardians of children registered at the school

• Educators at the school

• Other members of staff at the school (who are not educators)

• Learners in secondary schools

No formal qualifications are required, but skills such as accounting, bookkeeping and legal services are recommended. The person should also have a passion for education.

Why is it important to vote?

The South African Schools Act (SASA) 84 of 1996 gives governing bodies considerable powers to govern schools, which means that school governance is a key element in the quality of a school’s overall teaching, learning and management.

The Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, believes that “active participation by skilled professionals will ensure that the principal, educators and other staff of the school receive adequate support in the performance of their professional functions, and encourage other parents, learners, educators and other staff to render voluntary services to the school”.

“Your role as a parent, regardless of your race or background, is critical because it will assist the department in improving learning outcomes and enable us to reach the goal of providing quality education in all our schools,” Lesufi continued.

How to nominate an SGB member

You can complete a nomination form available from your school. This needs to be seconded by another parent. The person you nominate must accept the nomination before you submit the form to the school. If you’d like to join the SGB yourself, you can seek a nomination, but you’re not allowed to nominate yourself.

All nominations must be submitted at least seven days before the election meeting called by your school. At the meeting, a quorum of 10 per cent is required.

Parents, you can have a say in the governance of your children’s school. Participating fully in the nomination and election of SGB members will help ensure that the school serves the best interests of your children.

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What are the SGB’s responsibilities?

• The school’s admissions policy

• The school’s language policy

• The religious practices followed at the school

• Creating the school’s constitution

• Creating the mission statement

• Formulating the code of conduct and setting out disciplinary procedures

• Budget and financial management

• Recommending staff appointments

• Supporting the principal, teachers and other staff

The term of office is three years.

Did you know?

• SGB elections are the third largest elections in South Africa – after the national/ provincial and local government elections.

• School electoral officers are appointed by The Department of Education at school, district and provincial levels.

• The elections are managed by the Department of Education, with assistance from the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and Corruption Watch, a non-profit organisation working to fight corruption in South Africa.

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at [email protected]  (please remember to include your contact details in the email) or phone us on 011 693 3671.

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