Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Rudzani Matshili
Rudzani Matshili

Corruption Watch deputy director Lucky Menoe said they were not going to be easy on the Department of Basic Education regardless of their partnership in the upcoming School Governing Body ( SGB) Elections.

“Being a partner and a friend of the department does not mean we will be easy on them. We are going to identify those who are going to be elected, those who just want to loot and fill up their pockets, we are going to make sure that there are punitive measures if we identify such people who get elected in the upcoming SGB elections,” Menoe said.
 
He was speaking at the launch of the elections at Seshegong Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School this morning.
 
The three-year term of the current SGB members ends on February 28. 

The elections take place from March 1-31 in all public schools. 

This will be the ninth cycle of SGB elections since 1994. 

The Seshegong Secondary School choir sing at the launch. Video: Rudzani matshili


They are the third largest elections after the national, provincial and local government elections.

The role of the SGB is to support the principal with amongst others; financial administration, maintenance of the school and recommendation of and appointment of staff.

Parents of learners at a school, educators ,members of staff who are not educators and high school learners can be elected.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi who was the keynote speaker said: “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.”