n South African Journal of Education - Governors or watchdogs? The role of educators in school governing bodies

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



The perceptions of educators in school governing bodies (SGBs) about their roles were investigated. The study derived its motivationmainly from a previous study on the subject and the subsequent reflection on own experiences of the situation in South African schoolsas an ex-official in the Department of Education. The study therefore drew largely from this previous research report. Findings revealeda great tendency for educator governors in SGBs to act as "watchdogs" for their teaching colleagues. This study pointed to compositionof SGBs and attainment of membership as reasons why educator-governors perceive their role as that of watchdogs for their colleagues.The study however recognised that educator-governors also profess to have the interests of the school and therefore the learner at heart. Thebalancing act is therefore a challenge to them and makes their task as governors even more exigent.

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