Safiyia Stanfley, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education:
The Democratic Alliance call on parents to participate in the election of school governing bodies.
We are aware of three schools in Kimberley who could not elect new school governing bodies, as they did not have the necessary quorum.
Schools need a quorum of at least 15%. So if the school has 600 registered learners, at least 90 parents must attend the meetings.
It is important for parents to be actively involved in the school governance processes. School governing bodies play a crucial role in the admission policies, codes of conduct, school budgets, determination of school fees and staff appointments. School communities must elect responsible people with the necessary skills to make informed decisions to the benefit of the school and their children.
We also need parents to help combat corruption and the perception of corruption. Last year, a report from Corruption Watch found that school governing bodies in the Northern Cape are seen as the most corrupt. Corruption is especially prominent in the misuse of school funds and abuse of the procurement processes. Schools need to take the issue of corruption seriously and must take steps to shed the reputation of corruption.