Englsih: Learners in secondary schools are officially represented in school governing bodies (SGBs) in terms of the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996. As part of the democratisation process in South African society, decision-making power has been decentralised to the local level, where all role-players in the school and the community can contribute to its management. The important role of learners in the governing body must be seen against the background of learners’ involvement since 1976 in the antigovernment struggle to improve the conditions in black schools. Over the past few years, learners’ contribution to positive school management has been limited. They are seen as representing their fellow learners, and the relationship between adults and learners in the governing body has created some problems. The fact that learners have been excluded from certain meetings or parts of meetings may have serious implications for the legal status of those meetings and for the decisions of the SGBs.