Poor turnout at SGB elections

Officials say they're concerned by the poor turnout at school governing body (SGB) election meetings.

A number of schools have failed to get the minimum required number of votes from parents, suggesting a lack of interest in the elections.

CEO of the National Governing Body Fundation Tim Gordon says the apathy could be attributed to some of the policies governing the voting process.

It's been a bugbear since the beginning of the school's governing body setup that there has been apathy at voting times.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the National Governing Body Foundation

We tried nationally to get the quorum reduced slightly, in the hope that it will encourage people to turn up. We managed to do that in the Western Cape, but none of the other province agreed to do it.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the National Governing Body Foundation

We need to come to a decision whether this is an election or a meeting. I don't remember an election where you must to have a quorum... whoever turns out to vote, votes.

Tim Gordon, CEO of the National Governing Body Foundation

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