The proposed amendments to the South African Schools Act could see the school governing bodies being stripped of all powers if the Bill is passed.
The legislation will give the powers back to the Department of Basic Education to make decisions on language policy, teacher appointments and pupil admissions.
Deputy CEO of the Federation of of School Governing Bodies, Jaco Deacon says if this amendment comes to pass, it could take South Africa back to the years of apartheid.
This boils down to school capture by the state and we should fight this all the way. We can not allow the rights of the parents to have a direct say and input in the quality of education to simply be relegated back to provincial officials somewhere in an office away from the school community.— Jaco Deacon, Deputy CEO of the Federation of of School Governing Bodies
Deacon says there was no proper consultation about the amendments but rather a meeting where they were informed about these amendments.
The deputy minister promised us a technical meeting but so far we've just been informed about the proposed amendments and as part of the public we need to comment before the 10th of November.— Jaco Deacon, Deputy CEO of the Federation of of School Governing Bodies
As the public and as citizens we need to address that issue whilst we have the opportunity.— Jaco Deacon, Deputy CEO of the Federation of of School Governing Bodies
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