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de Bruyn, Nicolette; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In this article we report on a qualitative study which explored the life narratives and career trajectories of female school principals, to determine resilience factors in the principalship position. The female principals' voices and lived experiences were principle focus areas, not barriers or challenges they faced. In-depth insights were…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Women Administrators, School Administration, Principals
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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