n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Participatory development and South African schools : possibilities and problems

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Public participation in schools has become a cornerstone of the South African education landscape. Traditionally schools have been hierarchical, authoritarian institutions. One of the aims of the South African Schools Act of 1996 is to promote greater participation by parents, learners and the community in the organisation, governing and funding of schools. Based on a series of interviews conducted in 2003, this article considers the extent to which school management and governance have become more collaborative.

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