Governing bodies and learner discipline : managing rural schools in South Africa through a code of conduct

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dc.contributor.author Mestry, Raj
dc.contributor.author Khumalo, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-19T05:44:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-19T05:44:41Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Mestry, Raj & Khumalo, 2012. Governing bodies and learner discipline : managing rural schools in South Africa through a code of conduct. South African Journal of Education, 32(1):97-110. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-0100
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7748
dc.description.abstract The South African Schools Act of 1996 provides that school governing bodies (SGBs) should adopt and assist in the enforcement of a learner code of conduct to maintain discipline effectively. This study focuses on the perceptions and experiences of SGBs in managing discipline in rural secondary schools through the design and enforcement of learner codes of conduct. A generic qualitative research paradigm was used to gain insight into the effectiveness of and factors impeding the enforcement of learner codes of conduct in rural secondary schools. For this purpose, data were collected from six secondary schools in the North West Province by means of focus group interviews and analysed according to Tesch’s method of open coding. One of the major findings of the study revealed that many rural school governors still lack the relevant knowledge and skills to design and enforce a learner code of conduct effectively. The literacy levels of the majority of SGB members (parents) make it difficult for them to design and enforce the learner code of conduct, even though the department may have provided training. Furthermore, parent-governors are far removed from the day-to-day operations of the school, and consequently fail to contextualise the seriousness of discipline problems as well as to enforce the learner code of conduct effectively. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Education en_US
dc.rights Easa (Education Association of South Africa) en_US
dc.subject School governing bodies en_US
dc.subject South Africa. Schools Act, 1996 en_US
dc.subject School discipline en_US
dc.subject School management and organization en_US
dc.subject School management and organization - Parent participation en_US
dc.title Governing bodies and learner discipline : managing rural schools in South Africa through a code of conduct en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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