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SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

The School Governance Programme is premised on dealing with a central problem in South Africa’s basic education system: how education institutions, their internal dynamics and processes affect education outcomes in the country. Thus the programme focuses specifically on education governance as a key constraint in the sustainable, effective and equitable provision of basic education in South Africa.

As such, the School Governance Programme seeks to provide an institutional and governance lens of the basic education system in South Africa,  that demonstrates the effects of the historical legacies, institutional dynamics and practices within the education system that lead to uneven and skewed outcomes in the system. This lens relies on empirical research of the challenges in education institutions such as provincial education departments (PEDs), school governing bodies (SGBs) and teachers’ unions, thereby providing a practical understanding of why education is not meeting the system’s demands and expectations and how to confront this reality.

The School Governance Programme will shift the debates on education governance from pedagogy and policy failures, to an examination of the intricacies of education governance which will be fit for both academic and practical application.

Leads: Noma Pakade and Dr Thokozani Chilenga-Butao

EducationOp EdPublicationsSchool Governance
September 21, 2020

White Elephant Schools Reveal Lack of Progress

by Thokozani Chilenga-Butao The media has reported on a public school in Midrand, worth R82 million and brand new, which has not opened for the past three years because the school...
EducationFeaturedPublicationsReports
November 27, 2019

Schools Rationalisation in the Eastern Cape – A case study

This case study was written by the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), which is affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand. PARI played a knowledge management role on the project;...
EducationFeaturedJournal ArticlesPublications
April 29, 2019

Article | State “Infrastructural Power” and the Bantustans: The Case of School Education in the Transkei and Ciskei

By Sarah Meny-Gibert   In this article I explore the authority of the state (and its “infrastructural power”) in school education in the Eastern Cape bantustans during and after “homeland”...
EducationEventsFeaturedSeminars
November 21, 2018

Seminar | The Politics and Governance of Basic Education with Brian Levy

Brian Levy is the lead editor and co-author of The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: The tale of two South African Provinces. Brian Levy gave a seminar at PARI...
EducationPublicationsReports
December 25, 2015

Reflections on a GTAC project to improve supply chain management in a provincial education department

REPORT | DECEMBER 2015Reflections on a GTAC project to improve supply chain management in a provincial education department A case study report by the Public Affairs Research Institute (University of...
EducationEssaysPublications
July 14, 2012

Marking time: inefficiencies in the schooling system and possible responses

SHORT ESSAY | JULY 2012Marking time: inefficiencies in the schooling system and possible responses It is not new to note that South Africa has an inefficient schooling system. The adjective...