School Leadership: News and Opinions

SA hero: Rural school principal gets 99% matric pass rate – against all odds!

"One of the great failures of the new South Africa has been the education of children from historically disadvantaged areas so that they can compete for places in higher education and at work with individuals who have had the benefit of private education. Pass rates are dismally low and drop out rates tragically high in the state system, though there are some rare exceptions. As Steuart Pennington explains for South Africa – The Good News, a true story of inspiration comes from the Amangwane High School where the principal, Bongi Oscar Nhlanhla Dube, who is affectionately known as BO, has implemented a tough regime of teaching and learning. The early mornings and long hours for teachers and pupils are paying off, with Matric results that are helping to secure a brighter future for the youngsters who try hard enough to earn a place at the rural secondary school near Ladysmith. BO deserves a national award. – Jackie Cameron"

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Leadership can fix poor schooling

"The Fezile Dabi district has consistently been one of the best-performing districts contributing to the Free State department of education’s recent dominance of the top spot in the national senior certificate pass rates. In the 2018 national matric examinations, the province recorded an 87.5% pass rate and Fezile Dabi district outperformed all districts nationally, attaining an impressive 92.3% pass rate.

School districts are a critical component of the country’s education system. They serve as delivery hubs for the department of basic education to provide quality teaching and learning at schools across the country."

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Angie Motshekga must be accountable for the schools crisis

"It is cause for deep concern when Angie Motshekga, the minister of basic education - who has served in that role for a decade - concedes she does not understand why there are still schools without decent toilets. It is utterly unacceptable that the minister's response to a national crisis is that her hands are tied and the responsibility lies not with her but with other national government departments, other state organs, and with provincial MECs. This has been repeated by Motshekga over the course of her tenure..."

Read more in Sunday Times

 

Landscapes of Leadership in South African Schools: Mapping the Changes

This article argues that the work of school principals in South Africa is shaped by two major sets of constructs or ‘landscapes’: the literature on leadership and management which provides particular constructions of the field and its changes; and the terrain of new policy frameworks adopted after apartheid to transform the education system.

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Bad education: It starts with how we train teachers

One of the best safeguards to ensuring a fair education system is making sure that all teachers have a similar level of capability. In a good system, a child in a rural poorer community and a child in a wealthier urban suburb should have an equally good teacher standing in front of them every day. But, when we look at the data on how teachers are trained in South Africa, it is clear that our system still sets teachers up for failure long before they even enter the classroom – and in the process further disadvantages the children they teach. 

Read more in Daily Maverick

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