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Transforming schools into democratic organisations: The case of the secondary schools management development project in Botswana


Pedzani Perci Monyatsi 
Faculty of Education, University of Botswana, Botswana 
monyatisip@mopipi.ub.bw

 

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Abstract

As a democratic country which aims at nurturing and sustaining its envied democracy, organisations in Botswana are expected and encouraged to build and maintain democratic structures and principles. In September 1993, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Botswana and the then British Overseas Development Agency (ODA) launched an ambitious joint venture, the Secondary Schools Management Development Project (SSMDP) whose main objective was to raise management standards in secondary schools through the democratisation of the structures which had hitherto been authoritarian. This paper is based on a quantitative study undertaken in a number of randomly selected secondary schools from all over the country after a decade of the launch. The paper evaluates the extent to which the SSMDP was effective in transforming the management of secondary schools in Botswana since 1993. However, it first gives a background by reviewing relevant literature in an attempt to showcase the nature of schools as organisations. 

Transforming schools, management, secondary schools, Botswana

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Monyatsi, P.P. (2005) Transforming schools into democratic organisations: The case of the secondary schools management development project in Botswana. International Education Journal, 6 (3), 354-366.
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