School Governing Body elections take place every three years. The elections see well over a million parents voting for their peers to fill over 100,000 places. As a result of these elections, more people take public office than in all the other national election processes combined.

  • The next national SGB Elections are scheduled to take place from during the month of March 2018. 
  • Every school in the country must hold an election during this period.
  • An electoral officer (who must be a principal at another school) is appointed for each school.
  • The electoral officer must notify parents of the election and supply them with a nomination form at least 15 days before the election.
  • (Educators, non-educator school staff, and learners vote their representatives through different processes.)
  • Nominations for, & elections of, parent members take place on the same day.
  • Parents / caregivers should bring identification with them on voting day.
  • Ordinary high schools elect 7 parent members, while ordinary primary schools elect 5.
  • If more parents are nominated than there are spaces for on the SGB, a poll is taken.
  • 15% of the parent body need to be present on the day for the election to be quorate. If not, the election is rescheduled for another date.
    At the second meeting, nomination and election process will proceed with whoever is present regardless of how many parents are present. 
  • Every nominated parent must have the opportunity during the meeting to address the other parents and state their vision for the school.

If you have any other questions, please contact your school.

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