School Inspection for Quality Leadership, Teaching, and Learning in South Africa: The Current State of Education School Inspection

School Inspection for Quality Leadership, Teaching, and Learning in South Africa: The Current State of Education School Inspection

Sharon Thabo Mampane (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9242-6.ch014

Abstract

South African secondary schools have gradually increased access to a diverse number of students, but that has not led to a related increase in student success. Several factors contribute to low throughput and pass rates, and these include, among others, poor leadership, under-preparedness of students to pursue their education, lack of effective instruction, and inadequate access to student support services. The above-mentioned factors are important, but the key to improving throughput and pass rates in secondary education lies in ensuring quality leadership for effective teaching and learning through school inspection. Teaching and learning should be informed by institutional approaches that translate leadership into effective teaching and learning practices and learning support for students. This chapter will address school inspections as well as identify the constraints and enablers of leadership for teaching and learning to improve student performance.
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The need to ensure quality leadership, and, teaching and learning in schools for better learner performance has widely been a topic for research and debate in many parts of the world. Among the topics in these studies has been the focus on the fact that desirable school-level outcomes are associated with coherent support for meeting performance expectations and for translating information about performance into everyday practices of teaching and learning. Within schools a range of leadership patterns exist; the principal, assistant or deputy principals, middle managers or Heads of Departments (HoDs) and teachers. All of them form part of the management team. The term leader is used to refer to any manager or person in a position of responsibility. According to Prindle (2012) leadership refers to a “critical component of an organisation that has an important influence on organisational change strategy and its impact to the organisation.” In contemporary discourses on leadership (Phaneuf 2007), the term leadership, refers to a person who holds a dominant position, and, to a person who exercises a certain influence, either because of the professional role or personal charisma possessed. Her actions allow the group to attain its objective effectively.

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