n South African Journal of Education - School governing bodies - the principal's burden or the light of his / her life?

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



In this article I focus on the relationship between principals and school governing bodies in South Africa. Although the school governingbody represents many role players, this article will focus mainly on the role and function of parent representatives in the school governingbody. Parents constitute the majority in the governing bodies and therefore have an important role to play in the effective functioning oftheir children's schools. The uncertainty about the exact functions of the principal and the governing body is the key to the argument. Thelegislated functions of the governing body do not provide enough clarity on its daily functioning and this sometimes makes it difficult forprincipals to manage schools effectively.

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