Problems and complexities in rural schools: Challenges of education and social development

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Abstract

One of the greatest challenges South Africa faces is rural poverty and education. Rural school principals face a number of challenges that are unique to their environment. These challenges stem from a number of sources, from within the school division structure from a community perspective, and from the school setting itself. After eighteen years of democracy, rural schooling has shown little improvement. Collectively the article illustrates the complexity, interconnectedness and intractability of the challenges that face rural schools and education in South Africa. The article explores the responses of school principals of rural schools in the Mpumalanga province and explores the responses of school principals of rural schools in the Mpumalanga province are especially in the Nelspruit and White River areas. The research is focused in grounded theory building, with the focus on the challenges and complexities of principals in the areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1117
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume5
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

Keywords

  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Rural schools
  • Social development
  • principalship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)

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