Daily 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 departments. However, the Department of Education says the bill is intended to address corruption in such appointments. Teachers’ unions in KwaZulu-Natal have vowed to oppose the department’s draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. Expressing their unhappiness at the bill 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.
The bill also seeks to hand control to the department to determine a school’s language policy, to prevent the disruption of schooling and curb the spread of corruption in the appointment of school heads. Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said MEC Kwazi Mshengu believed some of the powers delegated to SGBs needed policy change.
by Sne Masuku