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Tensions in the quality assurance processes in post-apartheid South African schools

Biputh, B; McKenna, Sioux

Abstract:

This paper tracks the development of the Integrated Quality Management System in South African schools after the dismantling of apartheid in 1994. We argue that the quality processes that are now in place emerged in response to the autocratic school inspection systems that preceded them but did not sufficiently address the impact of educators’ experiences of the preceding systems. In the new democratic environment, it was important that new systems recognized the need for educator and school development. But given the breakdown of the culture of teaching and learning in South African schools, it is also not surprising that there was a concern that the new systems should ensure accountability. We analyse interviews with teachers to argue that the new system presents a tension between accountability and development processes which results in surface compliance rather than genuine engagement.

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Document Title: Tensions in the quality assurance processes in post-apartheid South African schools
Journal: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
No. of Pages: 279-291


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Quality Assurance, School Performance, Schools, Teacher Evaluation, Teachers, South Africa


Rights:Publisher
Date Added:09 March 2011


Biputh, B; McKenna, Sioux (2010). Tensions in the quality assurance processes in post-apartheid South African schools