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.



Generating School Funds

As was made clear in Chapter 1, funding from the state to schools in South Africa is inevitably insufficient to enable the provision of resources necessary for a high quality education. Clearly, arguments have been put forward in respect of the morality and justice of such a situation, based on the assumption that it is the state’s duty to provide sufficient funding and resources. Other commentators highlight the importance of marketing schools and the role of this in raising educational standards. Their points of view range from those who “act as some of the boldest proponents of marketing” to those who “are more subtle apologists” (Thrupp and Willmott, 2003, p 71). Thrupp and Willmott (op cit) contend that the literature on educational management is weak because many writers accept the managerialist practices of the 1990s without comment or criticism of the social inequalities that result from them.


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