Two leading academics in the field of education in Lejweleputswa have collaborated on a chapter in a newly published book.
Dr Tlale Mpolokeng of the Lejweleputswa Department of Education and Prof. Gawie Schlebusch of the Central University of Technology in Welkom contributed to the writing of Best Practices of South African School Leaders: A holistic legal-based practice of excellence.
“I am the author and Schlebusch is the coauthor of the second chapter of this book,” says Mpolokeng.
“Our chapter highlights fundraising in no-fee public schools.”
According to Mpolokeng, the book highlights the country’s public education system.
“It covers educational law and policy by providing practical information based on the role of the school leaders who are working with stakeholders in education. The purpose of this book is to make an improvement that will turn public schools into centres of excellence. It provides practical solutions to the real-life challenges faced by schools.”
Launched officially on 15 August, this book took a year to write and compile.
As Mpolokeng and Schlebusch both have access to information on fundraising in schools, they were inspired to work together.
“We felt that we must give schools fundraising ideas, strategies, practices and models,” says Mpolokeng.
They especially wanted to give no-fee public schools ideas on how to raise funds.
“Using the applicable education law and policies, the book will guide education managers and stakeholders to turn their schools into centres of excellence. The book will also help to maintain the best practices of public schools that are already excellent.”
- The book focuses on various key areas of the public school education system, such as access to schools, fundraising ideas, ways to improve academic performance, methods to keep both staff and learners motivated and the implementation of cooperative governance. It also highlights the importance of professional associations for teachers, principals and school governing bodies and shows how teacher unions contribute towards excellence in schools. Discipline and safety, strategies for obtaining clean audit reports and stakeholder involvement are also discussed.