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WC Education reaffirms its healthy working relationship with SGBs in the region

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has lauded the work of school governing bodies (SGBs) in the province amid legal battles over school admissions in Gauteng.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer says that the department works well with SGBs and has no reason to change its legislation regarding the ruling powers of SGBs in school admission policies.

We do have a good relationship and I'm very glad.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

This comes after the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of the Gauteng Education Department in the controversial Schools Admissions Policy Regulations case.

The judgement only applies to Gauteng, and means that the provincial education department will now have the final say over admissions processes at government schools.

According to Schafer, SGBs have been co-operative and have encouraged the discipline of improper schools.

They've said to me time and time again, if there's any of their schools that is being problematic, that I should speak to them. I have no reason to doubt that it will continue.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

Tim Gordon, CEO of the Governing Body Foundation says that it is important to deal with problematic schools and educators on an individual basis, instead of changing the whole legal system.


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