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Basson, Philip; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2019
The South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 requires school governing bodies (SGBs) to take responsibility for the management of school finances. However, research in this field of study revealed that many SGB members lack the necessary knowledge and financial skills to effectively and efficiently manage schools' finances. This has resulted in more…
Descriptors: School Administration, Governing Boards, Educational Finance, Money Management
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du Plessis, Pierre; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Poverty is rife in many African countries and this has serious implications for the provision of quality education. Rural schools face severe challenges that are unique to their environment. A lack of parental interest in children's education, insufficient funding from the state, a lack of resources, underqualified teachers, and multi-grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Teacher Recruitment, Educational Quality
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Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Globally, education systems have been affected by radical social, political and economic changes. Although school principals play a pivotal role in improving student learning and attaining educational outcomes, they work under strenuous conditions to deal with multifaceted transformational issues. Principals experience great difficulty in coping…
Descriptors: Principals, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2016
In view of redressing past imbalances created by the apartheid regime and achieving equity in funding public schools, the post-1994 government introduced the Norms and Standards for School Funding policy that severely reduces state funding to schools located within affluent areas. However, the South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 makes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Fees, Fund Raising, Educational Finance
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Naicker, Suraiya R.; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2016
The continuous poor performance of South Africa's learners is detrimental to its developing economy. The need for education change prompted two universities to initiate a system-wide change strategy in a poorly performing school district. The leverage for change was leadership development, involving school principals and district officials. The…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Leadership Training, Change Strategies, Principals
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Naicker, Suraiya R.; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This study investigated a system-wide change strategy in a South African school district, which sought to build the leadership capacity of principals and district officials to improve instruction. The three-year venture was called the Leadership for Learning Programme (LLP). A distinctive feature of the LLP was that it was based on a partnership…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Systems Approach, Instructional Leadership, School Districts
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Mestry, Raj; Ndhlovu, Raymond – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The government's educational reforms since 1994 have focused on equity and redress. Redressing historical imbalances and achieving equity are fundamental policy mechanisms in attempts to restructure South African education. This aspiration is demonstrated in many education policies including the National Norms and Standards for School Funding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Equal Education, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Naicker, Suraiya R.; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Schooling has become increasingly complex in purpose and structure and therefore requires appropriate forms of leadership to address this challenge. One current leadership approach that is receiving national and global attention is distributive leadership. A qualitative approach was employed to investigate teachers' experiences and perceptions of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership Styles, Primary Education, Elementary Schools
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Mestry, Raj; Khumalo, Jan – South African Journal of Education, 2012
The South African Schools Act of 1996 provides that school governing bodies (SGBs) should adopt and assist in the enforcement of a learner code of conduct to maintain discipline effectively. This study focuses on the perceptions and experiences of SGBs in managing discipline in rural secondary schools through the design and enforcement of learner…
Descriptors: Governance, Secondary Schools, Discipline, Discipline Policy