Managing Human Resources in South African Schools

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“All South Africans must now unite and join hands and say we are one country, one nation, one people, marching together into the future.” Nelson Mandela

This book is underpinned by the philosophy that effective management of all staff in schools is essential if the challenges of educating South Africa’s youth are to be met. Good managers are able to recruit, select, motivate and monitor teachers and other staff.

The purpose of the book is to provide guidelines for professional development and competence in managing staff effectively. Case examples are provided throughout to enable practical application to specific contexts.



Gender Issues in Education and Management

In discussing gender issues in educational administration and management, there are two important areas to consider. The first relates to career paths and barriers to senior/management positions for women and men in educational organisations, particularly schools, while the second relates to effectiveness once in those management positions. This chapter focuses on the first area and asks how it is that, in the predominantly female working places that schools are, women generally occupy only the middle and lower status positions. The second area is addressed in the Leadership and Strategic Management volume of this series (Bush et al., 2002).


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