School Governing Body (SGB) elections are underway across provinces. The three-year term of the current SGBs came to an end on the 28 February 2018. Parents and guardians are called upon to participate actively in their children’s education, by taking part in the 2018 SGB elections. A school without parent involvement is hard to imagine.

The primary purpose of school governing bodies is to guide public schools through efficient leadership, fair decision-making and strategic planning. The governing body structure introduces mechanisms to reduce potential risks and gives all stakeholders peace of mind that the school is managed accountably. An effective governing body helps teachers and the school management to improve the quality of education offered at a school. In addition, SGB involvement contributes towards the improvement of the general functioning of the school, and ensures the school’s financial stability and sustainability.

THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR A GOVERNING BODY

A school governing body ensures that the school finances are managed in accordance with legislation, policies, regulations and prescripts of the Provincial Education Department and the finance policy of the school governing body Members of a school governing body should therefore adhere to the Constitution, applicable legislation and policies and the mission statement and values of the school.

WHO MAY SERVE ON THE SGB?

- Parents of learners at the school
- The Principal of the school
- Educators who are state or governing body employees.
- Non-educator staff members of the school
- Learners in Grade 8 or higher. These learners must be elected by the representative council of learners (RCL).

MEMBERSHIP OF GOVERNING BODY OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS:

- Parents of learners at the school
- Educators at the school
- Members of staff at the school who are not educators
- Learners in Grade 8 or higher. These learners must be elected by the representative council of learners (RCL).
- Representatives of sponsoring bodies
- Representatives of organisations of parents of learners with educational special needs
- Representatives of organisations of disabled person
- Experts in appropriate fields of specials needs education
- The Principal in his or her official capacity

In conclusion, NAPTOSA is a home to thousands of teachers employed by governing bodies and therefore wishes to see the rights of its members protected through efficient governance of schools. School governing body elections without the involvement of teachers and parents will suffer.

NAPTOSA encourages its members to make themselves available to serve as members of school governing bodies.