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 Motivation

In 1997 The Times Educational Supplement reported that, according to the International Bureau of Education (a branch of the United Nations), teachers’ conditions were worsening around the globe and especially in developing countries. The commitment to universal primary education has led to increases in both class sizes and teachers’ working hours. The pay and status of the profession have declined, and the physical environment in which teaching and learning take place ranges from excellent to extremely poor. In many African countries, it is not unusual to have classes of 100-300 children. There may be no equipment and not even a classroom, simply the shade of a tree (Burstall 1997).


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