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Title:Is the school governing body a determining factor in the under-performance of secondary schools in the Western Cape province, South Africa? Issues and perspectives
Authors:Bayat, Amiena
Louw, WynandISNI
Rena, RavinderISNI
Periodical:Africa Review: Journal of African Studies Association of India (ISSN 0974-4061)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:secondary education
educational management
educational financing
Abstract:In 1996, the Schools Act No. 84 of South Africa was promulgated. In the Schools Act, school governing bodies (SGBs) are mandated to manage the administration and finances of schools. The Act also provides guidelines for the SGB and the principal on their roles and responsibilities in managing the finances and leadership management of the school. However, some members of SGBs and principals either have little knowledge of the Schools Act or simply interpret it incorrectly, which results in many schools experiencing mismanagement which leads to the underperformance of the schools. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of stakeholders on the financial functions of SGBs, to explore the functions of an SGB in managing a school's finances and, based on the findings of the research, to develop guidelines for principals and SGBs to enable them to manage their school funds efficiently and effectively. The study was conducted among 22 underperforming secondary schools in the Western Cape. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]