Educational law basis for parental involvement in the school system
Maboe, Tshose Phillip
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The rights and responsibilities of parents are viewed very seriously in South Africa in that they are emphasised by the Act of Parliament. The South African Schools Act, No 84 of 1996, places the governance of every school in the hands of parents. The parents are in this way required to perform their roles within the orbit of this Act of parliament. This study is therefore directed at analysing the Schools Act and those sections of the law are discussed which have a direct bearing on the responsibilities and the rights of parents when involved with the school. A comparison is drawn between the national determinants of yesteryears regulating parental involvement as well as the new paradigm statutes regulating parental involvement in the school system. The findings of the literature study led to the empirical study. A questionnaire on this study comprising 46 items was developed. The subjects of this study were made up of 150 parents in the Lichtenburg District of the Department of Education in the North-West Province. The results of 137 respondents were statistically analysed. The study revealed that parents lack knowledge on the statutes relating to their involvement in the schools. Also, there are no measures taken by the schools to capacitate the parents to understand and apply the laws correctly. Finally, parents are not performing their roles adequately as is expected by the law. The findings of this study led to the recommendations on how parents could be helped to do what the law requires.
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