In view of the three-year term for school governing bodies (SGBs) having ended on 28 February, the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is deeply worried about the number of attendance by parents at public School Governing Body (SGB) election meetings.
SGB elections started earlier this month and are expected to continue until the end of March as the Department urged parents and guardians to make their voices heard during the 2018 SGB elections.
The theme for this year’s election process is to ‘Be Active, Be Principled, Vote Well’, and it’s time for the community to actively participate in the governance of their children’s schools.
With the majority of parents and guardians coming in numbers in different schools, the MEC says the majority have had a poor turnout.
“The number of parents that are not showing up at our meetings is disturbing and worrying and unfortunately these are the same parents that will complain tomorrow about the running of our schools. So, I’m really pleading with them to make time as these meetings don’t even take an hour,” said Lesufi.
MEC believes that the 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.