Resource Management Skills of High School Principals in Rural Communities

By Prakash Singh and Daphne Gumbi.

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In this paper, the focus is on the management skills of rural high school principals to create meaningful learning environments in rural communities. Resource management is one of the major responsibilities of principals in any school, no matter where it is located. The responsibilities assume even greater proportions in a rural environment lacking basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity, sanitation, and an effective transportation system. The limited availability of teaching and learning materials compounds the problems further of providing equal and quality education in such an environment. These challenges need to be converted into opportunities for learners in the rural communities as a teacher education priority. There is consensus that effective managers of physical resources must be proficient in four general skills areas to contribute to the outcomes of learning. These skills are conceptual, interpersonal, technical and political in nature and are necessary practices, as discussed in this paper, to ensure quality education for rural learners.

Keywords: Rural High Schools, Resource Management Skills of Principals

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.249-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.296MB).

Prof. Prakash Singh

Professor of Education, Centre for Research, Technology & Innovation, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Prakash Singh is a professor of advanced studies in education. He is in the Research, Technology and Innovation Unit of the Faculty of Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His field of specialization is educational leadership, fear management and curriculum development. He has published widely in accredited journals and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. He is also a member of several national and international organisations and currently serves as an executive committee member of the Standard Generating Body of the South African Qualifications Authority in South Africa. He is the recipient of a Senior Fulbright Researcher’s grant. His current research focus is on the emotional intelligence of educational leaders and the management of fear in the educational milieu.

Dr. Daphne Gumbi

Head of Department, Economic Management Science Education, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Has twenty four years experience in education. Her field of specialization is educational leadership and management. Completed her doctoral studies (DEd) with the focus on educational resource management in rural high schools. Has published papers and books and presented papers at conferences. Serves as supervisor for postgraduate students. Responsible for career exhibition for secondary schools in Mthatha.


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