The role of school governing bodies in the effective governance of schools in the Klerksdorp district : a public administration perspective
Nong, Victoria Nomsa
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Since the new dispensation, all stakeholders in the school are expected to play an active role in the governance of schools. It is not the responsibility of government alone to see that schools are up and running. Parents, educators, non-teaching staff, learners (in Secondary Schools) and the community must also share their ideas on how the school is to be administered. This study has focused on the knowledge that the School Governing Bodies (SGB's) should posses in relation to legislations and the application of the knowledge make an impact in the administration and management of the school in the Klerksdorp-area. For schools to function effectively, the School Governing Bodies need to know that the Constitution (Act 108 of 1996) is the supreme law that has an impact in all education legislations, policies and regulations. Therefore, whatever school policy is to be developed should take cognizance of the Constitution. Central to the study is the SGBs' understanding of their roles and functions as stipulated in the Schools Act, (Act 84 of 1996) to avoid conflict of interest and administer the school efficiently and effectively. It is expected that the SGBs should transfer their knowledge into action by formulating policies that govern the school. By formulating school policies the SGB will then be able to have an influence since clear directions will be stipulated in the school policy on how the school is to be managed and administered. School Governing Bodies, as governors of the school are also accountable to people that elected them. It is their responsibility to provide feedback to their constituency and to inform them on the progress made.
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