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.



Managing Induction

Induction is closely linked with the issues of supply, recruitment and selection of staff discussed in the previous chapter. Indeed, there are those who argue that induction begins at the moment a person has accepted the offer of a post and is therefore best seen as a seamless part of the same process. What is certain is that the South African education system cannot afford to lose any teachers because their first experiences in schools are ineffective or unhappy. It is critical for the learners that beginner teachers (those new to the profession) get the best possible start, and it is the responsibility of management to see that this happens. This chapter focuses on the induction of beginner teachers, but recognises that effective induction is relevant to all new staff including principals. The same point applies to management processes such as mentoring which may be found to be relevant to the support of all school staff.


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