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When employing such staff, the SGB must bear in mind:The ability of the candidateThe principle of equityThe need to redress past injusticesThe need for representivity.2.3SGB FUNCTIONS FOR SECTION 21 SCHOOLSThe Constitution guarantees equality and recognition of the right to redress and the state is required to ensure that these constitutional obligations are met. National norms and minimum standards has been set for:Funding public schoolsExempting parents who cannot pay school feesPublic subsidies to independent schools.The South African Schools Act Places important responsibilities on the state for funding public schools196
TEXTS AND TEMPLATES| ||Encourages schools to become self-managed and self-reliant through striving for section 21 status Places the responsibility on public school SGBs to improve educational quality in their schools by raising additional financial resources to add to what the state provides. The SGB cannot carrythese responsibilities without the active involvement of the SMT.Schools who wish to receive Section 21 status may apply in writing to the MEC to perform these functions. All or some of these functions may be allocated or assigned to schools by the MEC, depending on the capacity of a school to undertake these functions.These functions include:To maintain and improve the school’s property and buildings and grounds occupied by the school including school hostels, if applicableTo determine the extra-mural curriculum of the school and the choice of subject options in terms of provincial curriculum policyTo purchase textbooks, educational materials or equipment for theschoolTo pay for services to the schoolTo provide an adult basic education and training class or centre subject to any applicable law, or Other functions consistent with this act and any applicable provincial law2.4WITHDRAWAL OF FUNCTIONS FROM SCHOOL GOVERNING BODIESIf there are reasonable grounds for such action, the Head of Departmentmay withdraw a function or functions of an SGB, provided that:The SGB has been previously informed of the intention, and the reasons for the withdrawalThe SGB has been given a reasonable opportunity by the Head of Department to appeal against the intention to withdraw a functionThe Head of Department has considered all the implications of such representations made by the SGB.2.5REMUNERATION AND REIMBURSEMENT OF SGB MEMBERSA member of the SGB may not be remunerated (paid) in any way for theperformance of his or her duties. However, if a member of the SGB incurs any expenses in the performance of his or her duties, he or she may be reimbursed for expenses.2.6THE MARKETING FUNCTION OF THE SGBThe SGB should seriously consider the need to promote the image of the school to its immediate and even wider community by undertaking ongoing public relations programmes. Public relations may include:Approaching sponsors and advertisers, launching fund raising exercises, promoting the school through the medium of displays inpublic places, etc.