n Educare - The changing principalship in South African schools

Volume 31, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829



A current international trend in education reform is the devolution of decision-making powers from central level to the school level. Together with certain structural reforms regarding shared decision-making, the South African government has also initiated programmes of curriculum reform, and a general drive to improve the culture of teaching and learning in schools. The devolution of authority through decentralisation is the first dimension of school-based management. The second dimension of school-based management refers to the participation of stakeholders. The key changes in the way schools in South Africa are organised with regard to the role of principals are outlined in this article. Two reform initiatives, whole school evaluation and developmental appraisal are briefly described. The article concludes with a model for management of resistance to change.

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