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.



Identifying and Meeting Development

A booklet entitled Portraits in Courage, published by the United Nations to celebrate World Teacher’s Day in 1997, offered a series of pen portraits describing the extraordinary courage and dedication of many teachers in the developing world (TES 1997). The teachers concerned often had to deal not only with the changing demands of teaching but also the additional trauma in their pupils and communities caused by violence and deprivation. The booklet honoured the achievement of individuals, but also recognised that dedication may not be enough, and that help in the form of training is a vital component and too often absent (Gounden and Mkize 1991).


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