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Beckmann, Johan; Prinsloo, Isak – South African Journal of Education, 2009
The establishment of school governing bodies represents a significant decentralisation of power in the South African school system. The South African Schools Act (Act 84 of 1996) plays an important role in encouraging the principle of partnership in and mutual responsibility for education. With the institution of school governing bodies (SGBs),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Boards of Education
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Mncube, Vuzi – South African Journal of Education, 2009
I argue that parent participation in SGBs is an important ingredient in building democracy in the schooling system, as well as in the wider society of South Africa. At some schools in South Africa, parents are not yet playing their full role as governors mandated by legislation. Parents at some rural schools are reluctant to participate in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Role, Democracy, Governance
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Prinsloo, Sakkie – South African Journal of Education, 2006
The establishment of school governing bodies represents a significant decentralisation of power in the South African school system. Whilst such decentralisation could well be expected to mean an increase in democratic participation in the governance of schools, this is not necessarily the case. The State, its functionaries, and organs of the State…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Governance, Government (Administrative Body)