Managing Finance and External Relations in South African Schools

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The central purpose of this book is to consider the concepts and principles of the important areas of educational leadership signalled by Nelson Mandela. The aim is to develop improved understanding and practice of the management of external relations and resources in schools. The text is on theory and research and uses South African case examples and activities to encourage reflection and personal development. It is aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at those who lead and manage in schools or support them in a professional role. The authors are experts in the field of educational leadership and management.




Several factors, including government policies and economic trends, have been responsible for recent changes in the financing of education in South Africa. As a result of new legislation, considerably more authority and responsibility for decision-making is now devolved to the school level. Devolving responsibility for budgets to schools is a popular reform strategy as the public demands that schools become more productive and are held accountable for their actions. Other factors to be considered in funding schools are the principle of equal opportunities and equal educational standards. In South Africa the exceptional growth in the number of learners and the present financial climate of increased control over public spending are also important. The outcome is that schools are expected to generate more and more money to be administered and managed as school funds (Bisschoff and Mestry, 2003, p 1). Effective financial management has, therefore, assumed a place of cardinal importance.


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