Manifesto: Prefect and School Elections Guidelines

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SCHOOL ELECTIONS - guidelines

Pedagogic In-Service Training Programme

ISTP

CBC PCC EED DED

School elections – guidelines. 2009. UNAFAS & ISTP.
UNAFAS, BP 307, Yaoundé. Cameroon. www.unafas.org ISTP, BP 5105, Bamenda. Cameroon. With support from the British High Commission, Yaoundé. Cameroon.

School elections guidelines

Preface
Elections are the process of choosing a person or a group of people for a position, usually by voting. The election process builds leadership and social skills in students, it provides opportunity to build values of fairness, justice and responsibility, as well as understanding and experience of a democratic process which is centred on citizenship education. It is for these reasons that The Education Board of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) and The Presbyterian Education Authority of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) have produced guidelines for good practice in the running of school elections in their schools. It fits CBC and PCC’s goal to enhance learneroriented teaching and learning strategies, teaching for liberation that will enable learners to cope with the challenges of our rapidly changing world. School elections are an opportunity for learning and teaching through practice, skills that will serve as foundations for student’s personal and professional development and enable our young people to build a successful society for themselves. These guidelines were produced using a participatory approach – 34 schools were surveyed, to understand current practices, reasons for using these, advantages, disadvantages, and suggestions for change: 124 school administrators, 124 teachers, 240 students and 120 prefects contributed, from Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, government and lay private schools. Students said what they had learned from having elections in schools – good and bad things. This enabled us to come out with a framework of modern, standardised guidelines, codes of conduct, background information and notes, that were tested in six additional colleges during their 2009 elections. Feedback and comment was incorporated into these final booklets. In order that elections run smoothly certain groundwork must be put in place. If students are asked to vote for their school prefects it must for example be clear to those voting, and the candidates, what each prefect post involves - responsibilities, duties, limits, etc. If this is not stipulated then the students can not be expected to choose appropriate candidates. Clear job descriptions inform post holders exactly what they are expected to do. This enables supervising staff to coordinate prefects, providing a check list for assigning and monitoring tasks. In order to maintain discipline the students must know behaviours and activities that are permitted and that are forbidden, codes of conduct must therefore be put in place. A clear and fair procedure for ‘appeal’ must state process and final authority, be published and known by students. This booklet provides samples. info@unafas.org istpcam@yahoo.co.uk

1 School elections guidelines UNAFAS with ISTP

School elections guidelines

Contents
Preface .......................................................................................................................... 1 Contents ........................................................................................................................ 2 Responsibility of school administrations...................................................................... 3 Requirements for prefect ship....................................................................................... 4 General rules and regulations for prefects .................................................................... 5 Prefect posts and the role and responsibilities of each ................................................. 7 Stages in the running of school elections ................................................................... 12...
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