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.



Using Resources for School Improvement

The main purpose of school improvement is to create conditions conducive to children’s learning and success at school (Dimmock, 1995, p 17). To improve, schools need to procure, allocate and manage resources effectively. However, many schools in South Africa have had to work under the most difficult circumstances. Although the present democratic government is committed to rectifying the imbalances of the past in education, the apartheid legacy has left many challenges in the schooling system, including inadequate resources (Republic of South Africa, 1995).


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