English: This article investigates how parents can best be involved in school governing
bodies (SGBs). The study adopts a qualitative approach, using focus group
interviews. The findings suggest that the context within which schools operate
plays a major role in the effective functioning of SGBs. The latter are perceived
to be fraught with corruption – usurping powers bestowed upon them – as well
as with difficult power relations leading to exclusion of some parents. The study
provides recommendations of how best parents can be involved in SGBs for the
effective functioning of the school.