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Losing all powers of school governing bodies

The Basic Education Department is ready to squash nearly all powers of school governing bodies if it can push through proposed amendments to the South African Schools Act.

The bill seeks to restrict who has the final say on the admission of pupils and the department will be the body that determines a school’s language policy.

The department believes most schools do not have functional governing bodies or people with the necessary skills to conduct interviews.

The changes will affect:

  • Language policies.
  • Teacher appointments.
  • Pupil admissions.
  • Impose stricter penalties on parents who refuse to send their children to school.

The public has until 10 November 2017 to comment on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools has slammed the bill, which it believes is structured to diminish the powers of school governing bodies in important decision-making at schools.

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