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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that a new draft bill will strip school governing bodies (SGBs) of the authority to appoint school principals, their deputies and heads of department.  

According to the Department of Basic Education, the bill is intended to address corruption in such appointments.  Teachers’ unions in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have vowed to oppose the department’s draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill.  Expressing their unhappiness ahead of a stakeholders’ meeting with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga later this month to finalise submissions on the bill, unions said stripping SGBs of their powers to appoint principals would also strip them of the right to be part of the school.  SGBs are also opposing the proposal to be stripped of powers, warning that they would do anything to ensure that the power to appoint school heads remained with them.  Matakanye Matakanya of the National Association of Schools Governing Bodies said dire consequences would come with denying communities the right to have a say in the appointments, viz.:  “The department will be taking us back to the era of apartheid where leaders, including school principals, were imposed on the community.  We aren’t about to allow that to happen again.”  SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) KZN secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said the union trusted SGBs with all their responsibilities, including the appointment of school principals and their deputies.  National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA spokesperson Thirona Moodley said Naptosa believed the bill would do more harm than good.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sne Masuku at Daily News

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