Hon Chairperson, I wish to respond to three statements, the one being in respect of Basic Education and the other two being in respect of Higher Education and Training, in the absence of the hon Minister and Deputy Minister.
I wish to thank hon Nyambi for drawing our attention to the importance of school governing body elections. These elections take place every three years and are in fact bigger than the national, provincial and local government elections combined. A total of 250 000 representatives for schools are elected at these governing body elections.
What is critical is to recognise the empirical link between schools that are functioning well and strong governing bodies. Therefore, we urge all political parties to ensure that they participate, support people in this and mobilise them to participate effectively in the governing bodies.
In regard to information, the Independent Electoral Commission has been contacted to collaborate with and support the Department of Basic Education in this very important exercise. A framework to assist presiding officers has been developed. Guides in regard to their roles, responsibilities and functions for governing bodies have been prepared for induction purposes. Students will also be assisted in this particular exercise for purposes of induction.
Hon Chairperson, with regard to Higher Education and Training ... [Interjections.]