Motshekga urges parents to participate in SGB elections

Motshekga urges parents to participate in SGB elections

The Basic Education Minister says functioning school governing bodies play a pivotal role in the performance of schools.

Angie Motshekga

"There is a correlation between engaged SGBs and school success, and this is undeniable because schools with great SGBs who participate in the work of the schools have an average of 20% higher performance compared to those schools where there is lower engagement with parents."   


Angie Motshekga spoke at the launch of elections for school governing bodies in Pretoria on Monday morning. 


They will be held at schools across the country from the start of March. 


The minister urged parents to take the elections seriously, saying the consistent support of school governing bodies is partially responsible for the improvements at KZN schools.


"Despite the undeniable importance of SGBs, the turnout has been very low and has created a lot of difficulties because parents would call me and say, 'In my children's school, the fees are up'. It is a matter that they should have discussed in the school governing process, which is normally your parents' meeting. 

“You find other parents not bothered and when decisions are taken for them, they would be the first to scream to say fees have been sent up and they have not been consulted,” said Motshekga.

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