a new era for schools

LIMPOPO MEC for education Namane Masemola yesterday inducted new members of school governing bodies at a packed Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

More than 8000 people, including school principals, circuit managers and members of the newly-elected structures, had gathered at the stadium to mark the beginning of a new era in school management.

The occasion was held within the jurisdiction of the Capricorn district. More such events are to follow in the Greater Sekhukhune, Waterberg, Mopani and Vhembe districts.

Masemola said the schools would be in good hands, ensuring proper governance. He said for the education system to ensure efficient administration at schools, it was imperative for the SGBs to function properly.

"We have launched these important structures to run our learning centres to ensure effective leadership and proper financial management," he said.

Masemola said he believed the SGBs would enhance communication between schools and local communities. He urged the new members to act passionately for the advancement of quality education in the province. The SGB structure comprises a chairperson, general secretary, treasurer and additional members, who will be in office for a three-year term.

The department will take the new SGB members to intensive workshops on school governance.

Hendrick Kgomo, one of the newly elected SGB members, welcomed the decision and said the move would help them to run schools effectively.

He said some teachers undermined SGB members because they saw them as "uneducated and unsophisticated".