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From decentralisation to centralisation of community secondary schools in Botswana: A community disenfranchisement in education


Bernard Moswela
Faculty of Education, University of Botswana
moswela@mopipi.ub.bw

 

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Abstract

This position paper explores the nature of community involvement in education, focusing particularly on Botswana schools. The exploration was made against a decision taken by the Ministry of Education to end the partnership venture established in the 1980s between itself and the local communities in the running of the junior secondary school. The paper was informed by views of a group of Heads of junior secondary schools who only a few years ago co-managed these schools with the Board of Governors. Relevant literature aided and backed the argumentation of the paper. The paper began by an examination of the concept of a community. This was followed by a background, to illuminate the discussion of the paper, detailing the evolution of community schools in Botswana. The paper concluded that the decision taken by the Government to terminate its partnership with communities had the potential to de-motive community participation in education at both the local and national levels.

Community, decentralisation, board of governors, educational partnership

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Moswela, B. (2007). From decentralisation to centralisation of community secondary schools in Botswana: A community disenfranchisement in education. International Education Journal, 8 (1), 151-159.
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