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SGB Elections Unfold In the Northern Cape

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The Northern Cape Department of Education says it will pull out all the stops in ensuring successful School Governing Bodies (SGB) elections set for the entire month of March 2018. Departmental spokesperson Mr Geoffrey van der Merwe called on “all members of society to make themselves available for nomination, attend meetings and participate in the SGB elections.”

In a process that is set to be administered like party political elections that South Africans have become accustomed to, Mr van der Merwe explained that a certain set of procedures shall be upheld by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). “Parents are once again reminded to ensure that their details are on the school’s admission register, which will be used as the school’s voter’s roll. No parent will be allowed to take part in the SGB elections should their names not reflect on the schools admission register.

“The IEC have the same requirements during the national and provincial elections. Have your ID document, driver’s license ready, as you will be required to produce it on the day pf the parent component election. This is your chance as the parent and member of the community to make a difference in your schools,” emphasised Mr van der Merwe.

He further explained that; “SGBs are not elected to deal with the day to day running of schools as it is the function of the school management team. SGBs are responsible for policy issues and management of school finances, ensuring the safety of schools and other broader functions that result in the overall functionality of the school as an institution of where quality teaching and learning is pervasive. Any disruptions of teaching and learning of any class and any school must be avoided at all costs.”

The Northern Cape’s National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) representative Mr Benjamin Mahumapelo said the structure supports the election and has already worked out a schedule for the deployment of its observers throughout the length and breadth of the province. “Our key mandate is based on the successful running of the election processes hence we have motivated our governors to put all focus to it,” enthused Mr Mahumapelo. – additional reporting by Thabo Mothibi         

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