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Panyaza Lesufi encourages parents to join school governing bodies

Bonile Khanyi

The Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, has urged parents and guardians to play an active role in local schools by becoming part of the school governing body (SGB).

Lesufi was speaking at the launch of the 2018 SGB elections at the Seshegong Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, in Centurion on Tuesday.

During his keynote address, he emphasized how important it was for a parent to play an active role in schools regardless of their background.

“Your role as a parent, regardless of your race or background, is critical because it will assist the department to improve learning outcomes and enable us to reach the goal of providing quality education in all our schools,” said Lesufi.

“Active participation by all parents will ensure that the principal, educators and other staff of the school receive adequate support in the performance of their professional functions. It will also encourage other parents, learners, educators and staff at the school to render voluntary services to the school.”

Lesufi said the three-year term of current SGB members ends on February 28 and announced that the elections will take place from March 1-31 in all public schools.

“This will be the ninth cycle of SGB elections since 1994.They are the third largest elections after the national, provincial and local government election,” said Lesufi.

Parents of learners at the school, educators at the school, members of staff at the school who are not educators, and learners in secondary school can be elected onto the SGB.

Lesufi also added that the department will host SGB Election District Dialogues to create awareness on the elections.

“The department will host SGB Election District Dialogues from 13 to 28 February 2018, to create awareness on the elections. Parents are encouraged to attend the dialogues to register their voice on the role of SGBs,” said Lesufi.

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