The School Governing Body (SGB) is a statutory body of parents, educators, non-teaching staff and learners (from Grade 8 or higher) who seek to work together to promote the well-being and effectiveness of the school community and thereby enhance learning and teaching. Section 20 of the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 as amended (SASA) determines various functions applicable to all SGBs. SGBs may also request “additional functions" as listed in section 21 of SASA from the Head of Department in each province. The provincial minister of education may also confer these additional functions (listed in section 21 of SASA) upon schools if he/she so determines and is satisfied that the SGBs concerned have the capacity to perform such functions effectively.
The SGB consists of:
You can represent other parents on an SGB if you are nominated and voted for by the parents. The majority of voting members of the SGB must be parents.
The principal will provide parents with information about SGB elections.
The governing body must:
All these decisions and policies must be in line with national policies.
The SGB must also:
In addition, a governing body can be given any of these functions:
The Gauteng Education Department supports SGBs by advising them on their responsibilities and providing training in financial management.
All parents whose children are registered at school have rights and responsibilities. Even if you are not elected onto the school governing body, you still have the right to be involved in the affairs of the school by attending meetings of parents.
You also have the right to be consulted by the educators or the principal about the schooling activities of your child. The principal and the educators at the school must inform you about the behaviour, attendance and learning progress of your child.