Study on Constraints to Effective Governance by the Parent Component of the SGBs in Rural South Africa

The South African Schools Act, No.84 of 1996, mandates the formation of School Governing Bodies, which allow stakeholders such as parents, educators, and students to actively engage in school administration decisions. A host of challenges have hampered school governance in rural South Africa, rendering it ineffectual and, in some circumstances, unsuccessful. The purpose of this article was to look into the challenges of school governance experienced by the parent component of SGBs in rural South Africa. To accomplish this goal, SGB chairpersons from various rural locations in South Africa were surveyed. These perceptions centred on the difficulties that parents in SGBs had in carrying out their governance tasks as outlined in the SASA. A qualitative research approach was employed, which comprised convenience sampling and interviews, by involving chairpersons of School Governing Bodies in particular selected high schools in the Sisonke district of KwaZulu-Natal. The empirical study found that School Governing Bodies in rural South Africa encounter obstacles relating to the parent component’s literacy level, lack of comprehension of their roles and responsibilities, and financial muscle, all of which obstruct parents’ simple movement between school and home.

Author(S) Details

Vangeli Wiseman Gamede
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X1, Scottsville Room 33 Commerce Building, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa.

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