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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)

Chapter 3 : Public Schools

18. Constitution of governing body



1) Subject to this Act and any applicable provincial law, the governing body of a public school must function in terms of a constitution, which complies with minimum requirements determined by the Member of the Executive Council by notice in the Provincial Gazette.


2) A constitution contemplated in subsection (1) must provide for –
a) a meeting of the governing body at least once every school term;
b) meetings of the governing body with parents, learners, educators and other staff at the school, respectively, at least once a year;
c) recording and keeping of minutes of governing body meetings;
d) making available such minutes for inspection by the Head of Department; and
e) rendering a report on its activities to parents, learners, educators and other staff of the school at least once a year.


3) The governing body must submit a copy of its constitution to the Head of Department within 90 days of its election.