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The role of the Gauteng Education and Training Council in education policy-making

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Wyk, Joan Noleen Heckroodt, Annétia Sophia en 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 2002-07
dc.identifier.citation Heckroodt, Annétia Sophia (2002) The role of the Gauteng Education and Training Council in education policy-making, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In the new democratic dispensation, the Gauteng Education and Training Council (GETC) is the first statutory council instituted in South Africa, allowing civil society to participate in education policy-making. Against this background, this study explored the policy process and the participation of stakeholders. A literature study investigated the theory on policy and the participation of civil society in the policy process. The inception of the GETC was fully documented and a qualitative study undertaken to determine the role of the GETC in education policy-making. Data gathering was done mainly through semi-structured interviews with GETC members. The data was analysed, discussed and synthesised. The major findings were that stakeholders valued the opportunity to participate and members had high expectations of the contribution they could render in the policy-making process. Although most members had a good grasp of the policy process, lack of administrative resources and participative skills founded in the exclusion of large segments of society from partaking in such consultative structures in the past, was evident in some organisations. The function of the Administrative Secretary is deemed important in facilitating the functions of the GETC and training for this incumbent was emphasised. The lines of communication between the GETC and the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) need to be clearly structured in order to expedite the movement of documents between them. The I'vfEC needs to be more visible to GETC members. The GETC, MEC and the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) have to explore ways and means of establishing a sound relationship to serve the cause. Consensus between the GETC and the GDE should be reached regarding the role and place of the GETC in the GDE Policy Route. Areas for further investigation that would enhance the role of the GETC in the policy-making process have been identified. The study concluded that the GETC renders a valuable contribution empowering citizens to become involved in formal participative structures which will contribute towards broadening the basis of acceptance of responsibility for education, by society. This will assist in attaining its declared vision to improve the level of education in South Africa
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 338 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Policy-making en
dc.subject Participation en
dc.subject Stakeholders en
dc.subject Civil society en
dc.subject Consultation en
dc.subject Representivity en
dc.subject Councils en
dc.subject Interest groups en
dc.subject Structures en
dc.subject.ddc 379.68 en
dc.subject.lcsh Gauteng Education and Training Council. en
dc.subject.lcsh Education and state -- South Africa. en
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- South Africa -- Decision making. en
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- South Africa -- Political aspects. en
dc.subject.lcsh Educational change -- South Africa. en
dc.subject.lcsh Educational planning -- South Africa. en
dc.title The role of the Gauteng Education and Training Council in education policy-making en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Educational Studies D. Ed. (Comparative Education)

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