School governing bodies have checks and balances, Fedsas explains

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) says all school governing bodies (SGBs) are menat to have mechanisms to address appointment issues at schools.

Fedsas CEO Paul Colditz says SGBs are accountable to the Basic Education Department and school community.

No educator, and that includes the principal, may be appointed at the school without a recommendation from the SGB.

Paul Colditz, CEO Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools

Read: Klipspruit West Secondary SGB disbanded, will have to re-elect new one

Colditz explains that the process of appointing educators and principals includes:

  • publishing the job vacancy
  • the submission of applications to the department
  • the hand over of applications to SGB collection panels (which include observers from unions and dept)

According to Colditz, SGB panels exist to raise any issues about potential appointments or eligibility of candidates.

He advises that the majority of SGB members are parents.

Also r**ead: Procedure and principal's race both issues, says Klipspruit community group**

This comes after complaints that the Klipspruit West Secondary School SGB did not follow proper processes when appointing a black principal..

It's alleged the SGB was not given proper training by the department in order for it to fulfill its role in the appointment process.

Colditz explains that SGBs are meant to be elected every three years at public schools, and says Education MEC have no power to disband them.

The next round of elections for SGBs at public schools will take place in March next year.

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