Implications of covid-19 on the management of school financial resources in quintile 5 public schools

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Abstract

With the promulgation of the South African Schools Act, public education in South Africa was decentralised and communities were made responsible for the governance of public schools. White Paper 1 on Education and Training confirmed the inability of the state to meet the financial requirements of public education. Despite the fact that school governing bodies are responsible for raising substantial funding, their ability to appropriate school funds is limited by legislation, irrespective of the origin of the funds or assets in question. These restrictions have a substantial impact on the way financing is structured and managed by public schools. In 2020 schools were closed for more than 2 months due to the Covid-19 lockdown, and many parents were left questioning why they should pay for services not rendered. Using a qualitative research approach, we aimed to determine the impact of Covid-19 on the management of school fees and resources in public schools. The findings reveal that Covid-19 has had an impact on school budgets, teaching posts and fundraising activities, as well as on the day-to-day running of schools.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2043
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSouth African Journal of Education
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Fee-paying schools
  • Fundraising
  • Governing body
  • Quintiles
  • Resources
  • School fees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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