I spent the 1st part of the day at Bongolethu Primary School. What a challenge to get there. The school is 20km from my home in an area not completely unfamiliar to me but which I do not visit often. So I employed my GPS and was directed to the area with ease, but GPS software is not necessarily squatter-community friendly. So I get to the general area and hear the comforting voice - "you have reached your destination". This is cool, except my destination is a half ton of garbage! I'm forced to contact Lynn and ask for finer direction, and for those who know Primo, she gets very animated when explaining things, even over a mobile phone. But it does the trick - 500m passed the garbage pile I find the school - a gem of a facility in the middle of this poor community (see pic above).
Circuit 4 arranged SGB training covering post filling processes and the legislative and administrative mandate of the school governors in this regard. I am struck by the attendance of the event - 40 expected, 40 in attendance. This is quite a feat given the cold, and this morning was very cold and wet. But the mood is buoyant and the air is filled with expectancy.Lindele does the necessary introductions and the agenda is set for the session.
As mentioned, we focused on the post filling process - now I know some of you reading this have heard about this a thousand times, but the reality is we remain challenged by the process, if for no other reason that the governors recommend and the Head of Education appoints. And there is a constant tension and competing force built in here - for the actual employing party relies on the sifting, shortlisting and nomination process driven by governors, who don't necessarily experience the brunt of poor choice - their children and the system do.
Although many times governors get-it-right, we must continue building their capacity - building competence and confidence in our governors cannot be an option - their choices affect learning and teaching environments way past the date of appointment of staff.
SGBs literally hold the future of an institution in their hands whenever they deal with vacancies (and other matters too). We expect them to fullfill their role and responsibility well - as the State, we carry the onus to upskill them.
Today, 40 governors were serviced and I believe, better prepared to deal wih the next vacancy list.