n Commonwealth Youth and Development - The architectural fulcrum for the School Governing Bodies : a financial functional analysis in Limpopo Province

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



The question of quality basic education in South Africa is critical to many poor households as this improves their future development and job prospects. The School Governing Bodies were established to govern schools and to ensure that quality basic education as a right is offered to those in need. This article considers the financial functional analysis of the School Governing Bodies (SGBs) in administering school funds, especially through its sub-committee on finance. The Limpopo Department of Education has published the prescripts for the management of school funds in the public schools for 2009 and 2011 respectively, in an attempt to empower the SGBs to improve the management of school funds. For the purpose of this article, schools in the rural areas of the Limpopo Province are focal point. The Primary data was collected by way of semi-structured interviews. A key finding in this investigation is that most of the SGB members are not adept with public financial management principles relevant for the schools, so that they could undertake their school financial oversight responsibilities. This lack of public finance literacy impedes the effective functioning of the SGBs in fulfilling their legislative mandate.

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