With School Governing Body (SGB) Elections in full swing nationally, Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, has expressed her gratitude to parents and past members of SGBs for the support given to the Class of 2020 amidst the Covid-19 global pandemic. The Minister also took the opportunity to congratulate the new incumbents and emphasised the important role they play in overall school management.
“I would like to thank you for availing yourselves to serve our children, the country's most important asset. You are faced with the task of stabilising the basic education system under difficult conditions induced by a global health emergency. Public schooling doesn't exist for itself but as a service to communities in the basic education system and ensures optimal delivery of state-funded quality public schooling.”
Minister Motshekga added: “The Department of Basic Education (DBE) alone cannot achieve all its targets without the spirit of volunteerism demonstrated by parents and school communities. We depend on parents to support teachers in educating and moulding our young minds into responsible adults. Equally, we also depend on you to play that vital role of oversight to ensure that quality education is taking place in all schools under your watch. As the nation's guardians, our duty is to raise our children in a nurturing school environment to improve their personal lives. Education is a prerequisite for tackling poverty and promoting short and long-term economic growth.
Minister Motshekga appealed to SGB members to not abuse their power and the public schooling system to advance narrow party-political interests, and urged them to attend all relevant training sessions offered by the Department and SGB associations to improve their capacity.
“Through the SGBs, parents can contribute to teaching and learning to improve educational outcomes. Let’s evaluate our past endeavours, review what worked or not, and bring about positive change in our schools to spare no effort in achieving universal, free and compulsory quality education for all South African children,” the Minister concluded.