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Democratisation of education in South Africa : issues of social justice and the voice of learners?

dc.contributor.authorMncube, Vusumuzien_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-16T13:57:38Z
dc.date.available2018-03-16T13:57:38Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationMncube, V. 2008. Democratisation of education in South Africa : issues of social justice and the voice of learners?. South African Journal of Education, 28(1):77–90
dc.identifier.issn2076-3433 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0256-0100 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103230
dc.descriptionCITATION: Mncube, V. 2008. Democratisation of education in South Africa : issues of social justice and the voice of learners?. South African Journal of Education, 28(1):77–90.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/
dc.description.abstractThe South African Schools Act No. 84 of 1996 mandates that secondary school learners, who are members of the Representative Council for Learners, should be part of school governance through participation in school governing bodies. But they are often not afforded a full opportunity to participate in crucial decisions by the adult members of governing bodies, directly or indirectly. I explore the participation of learners in school governance by means of a literature review and empirical investigation using a qualitative approach. The findings are presented in terms of the role of learners in the school governing bodies, learners’ involvement in decision making and in curriculum issues, and the role of governing bodies in promoting democracy in the school and in the wider South African society. Findings suggested that spaces should be created for learners to participate sufficiently in SGBs in order to allow them to exercise their right to participation, thus engaging fruitfully in deliberations dealing with school governance. This would in turn lead to social justice and there would be a great potential for their voice to be heard. They would in turn engage fruitfully in dialogues as they felt included in debates and decision-making processes. Silencing the voice of learners, implicitly or explicitly, means that the issues of social justice and democracy are not taken into consideration in SGBs.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/article/view/149
dc.format.extent14 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherEducation Association of South Africa
dc.subjectStudent participation in administration -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectStudent governmenten_ZA
dc.subjectCitizenship -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial justiceen_ZA
dc.titleDemocratisation of education in South Africa : issues of social justice and the voice of learners?en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderEducation Association of South Africa


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