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TUT EDU420 Session 6 - School Governance


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  • 1. Tshwane University of Technology Faculty of Humanities Department of Education Studies Education Management 4 - Session 6 - School Governance Presenter: Dr Muavia Gallie (PhD) 12 March 2012 1 Content1.  Introduction2.  History of parental involvement;3.  School Governance and Institutional Management;4.  Advantages of cooperation between parents and educators;5.  Statutory provisions regulating Governance;6.  Functions and Duties of SGB;7.  Conclusion. 1
  • 2. 1. Introduction •  Intention of the SGB regulations was to give parents a say in the education of their children; •  This is part of the democratic philosophy of the new government; •  Certainly benefits, but could lead to abuse by individuals. 2. History of Parental Involvement•  Parent-Teacher (Student) Associations - PTSAs and PTAs;•  Management Committees;•  School Boards;•  School Governing Councils•  School Governing Bodies. 2
  • 3. 3. School Governance and Institutional Management•  School Governance = principal, representatives of parents, teachers, other staff and learners (in secondary schools); - decision making in order to facilitate the policy process in the school; - does not deal with the specifics, but rather the principle issues at hand; - decision making focusing on the improvement of teaching and learning in the school;•  Institutional Management = principal and school management team (SMT); - professional activities related to the core business of education; - decision making in the best interest of the learners; - involves the day-to-day running of the school. 4. Advantages of cooperation between parents and educators 1.  Democratisation of education; 2.  School climate; 3.  Parents expertise; 4.  Education time; 5.  Improved communication; 6.  Parental duty. 3
  • 4. 5. Statutory provisions regulating Governance •  Composition of the Governing Body: - Principal (ex-officio); - Elected members; - Co-opted members; •  Election of SGB members (Term of office; nominations; disqualification and removal of members; dissolution of SGB; vacant positions; representivity; total members; category representatives); •  Election of Office-bearers and committees (Chair; treasurer; secretary = all 1 year; committees may co-opt experts from outside); 6. Functions and Duties of the SGB1.  Drafting of a Constitution (definition of concepts; name and objectives; member categories; office-bearers; filling vacancies; resignations; committees; expulsion; functions; meetings [once per term; annual general meeting; record minutes; inspect minutes; report per term]; dissolution; amendments to constitution);2.  Mission Statement (rationale; target group; service provided; orientation i.t.o. survival and growth; management philosophy; responding to school community needs; public business image of school);3.  Language policy (LoL, LoT, LoI);4.  Religious policy (attendance on free and voluntary basis);5.  Code of Conduct for learners; 4
  • 5. 6. Functions and Duties of the SGB ... Cont.6. Suspension of learners (fair hearing; 1 week; more, by SGB);7. Admission policy (no test; not discriminate; no refusal [fees; mission; indemnity agreement]; age requirements);8. Supporting the staff (verbal to physical assault; intimidation; harassment; insult);9. School hours;10. Financial matters (school fund; banking account; pay money into account; secure and protect assets; purposeful use of funds);11. Movable and immovable property;12. Service to the school (volunteerism);6. Functions and Duties of the SGB ... Cont.13. Recommendations for appointment of educators (appointment, promotion or transfer only on recommendation of SGB to HoD; HoD can decline based on procedure, non-compliance, not registered, proof of undue influence, undermine democratic values and principles); •  Correct procedure to be followed (advertise, apply, elect interview committee, interview [+ observers], shortlist of 3, send recommendation to HoD, HoD appoints); •  Correct criteria for refusal of recommendation (affirmative action appointment vs best interest of children; equality and equity during interviews by SGB; transfer of excess educators; appointment or replacement of temporary educators);14. Educators employed by the school (working time; leave, remuneration; termination); 5
  • 6. 6. Functions and Duties of the SGB15. Financial management (estimate needs, obtain funds, administer finance) - adhere to general legal requirements and educational legislation (financial discipline, involve all in planning budget, share budget, evaluate budget regularly, adhere to budget planning);16. Additional Functions (maintain and improvements of property, extra-mural activities, selection of subjects, paying service providers, others);17. Closure of school (SGB must know, enough time, submit petition, consider petition);18. Non-Functioning of SGB (HoD appoints persons to exercise these functions; 3 months, not longer than 1 year). •  End. Thank You! 6