n Ubuntu : Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation - Capacity of School Governing Bodies in interpreting and implementing legislative frameworks and policies

Volume 8 Number Special Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-760X
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4950



The aim of the study was to investigate the capacity of School Governing Bodies in the area of policy interpretation and implementation. The research was carried out in schools under Klein Letaba Circuit in the Mopani Education District, in the Limpopo Province. This was a qualitative study where the researcher used purposive sampling to select schools and participants and interviews and document analysis to collect valuable data. Data collected were then analysed thematically. On the basis of data analysed and interpreted, the research findings revealed that SGBs do not have the necessary capacity to interpret and implement policies in schools. This is as a result of the fact that SGBs are not adequately trained and that the majority of SGBs are illiterate. The use of a language that the majority of SGB members do not understand during workshops and lack of monitoring and support were also found to be exacerbating the problem. The study recommends that SGBs be adequately trained in their home languages and encouraged to form cluster committees to share experiences to develop their capacity.

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