Entrepreneurial Strategy: A Prospect for Historically Disadvantaged Schools in South Africa

By Malefane Johannes Lebusa.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Historically disadvantaged schools in South Africa face enormous challenges in their quest to deliver quality education. These schools are located mostly in poverty-stricken areas; physical and educational resources at these schools are poorer than at their historically advantaged counterparts and their exist product is usually regarded as inferior in terms of learner readiness to enter the career market or fit in the higher education sector. As a result, these schools experience among other challenges, transference and redeployment of educators due to being overstaffed, an exodus of learners to historically advantaged schools as parents and learners see those schools as better placed to offer quality education.
The purpose of this paper is to present an entrepreneurial strategy that will try to assist these schools to overcome their present challenges. The entrepreneurial strategy is an attempt to produce entrepreneurial schools with entrepreneurial leadership (principal) because this is critical in South African education where both entrepreneurial schools and leadership (principal) within previously disadvantaged schools are in minimal numbers. No known study on the development of principals and turning historically disadvantaged schools to be entrepreneurial has been conducted in South Africa nor has such an entrepreneurial strategy been presented.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Organization, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Praxes, Entrepreneurial Strategy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp.577-588. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.336MB).

Dr. Malefane Johannes Lebusa

Academic Development Facilitator, Learning Development, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng Province, South Africa

I completed B.A.(Hon), MBA and PhD in Educational Management and started working as a teacher for fifteen years thereon I joined Vaal University of Technology. I also worked at University of South Africa In-Service Training Department as a Learning Facilitator. I was awarded a Provincial Teachers' Award for outstanding work in teaching and also a Community Development award by the Emfuleni Local Municipality. My main research interests relate to Educational Leadership and Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I presented a paper on Entrepreneurship at an international conference.

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