ERIC Number: EJ1108080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Empowerment and Accountability in Implementing a "No-Fee School" Policy: A Challenge for School Governing Bodies
Marishane, R. N.
Africa Education Review, v10 n2 p224-237 2013
Empowerment, accountability and redress are prime objectives of school funding in the new South Africa. This is facilitated through the National Norms and Standards for School Funding. The application of the norms has led to the development of a "no-fee school" policy aimed at exempting poor parents from payment of school fees. The implementation of the policy, however, presents school governing bodies (SGBs) with challenges in managing state-allocated funds. This study was undertaken to establish the extent to which SGBs are empowered to spend and supplement their school allocations, how they account for their decisions on such spending and to determine, on the basis of the findings, implications for future policy adjustment. Given the nature of the research questions and the study context, a qualitative research design was applied. Data were collected by means of a combination of in-depth interviews and a study of documents for triangulation. The study found that though the "no-fee school" policy has relieved poor parents of the pressure to pay school fees and thus enhanced children's access to schooling, it has reduced the decision-making powers of the governing bodies over the use of the decentralised funding.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Policy, Financial Policy, Educational Finance, Empowerment, Accountability, School Administration, Boards of Education, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Content Analysis, Low Income Groups, Parents, Economically Disadvantaged, Access to Education, Decision Making, Administrative Organization, Secondary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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