ISBN : 9780198824053
All over the world, economic inclusion has risen to the top of the development discourse. A well-performing education system is central to achieving inclusive development - but the challenge of improving educational outcomes has proven to be unexpectedly difficult. Access to education has increased, but quality remains low, with weaknesses in governance comprising an important part of the explanation.
The Politics and Governance of Basic Education explores the balance between hierarchical and horizontal institutional arrangements for the public provision of basic education. Using the vivid example of South Africa, a country that had ambitious goals at the outset of its transition from apartheid to democracy, it explores how the interaction of politics and institutions affects educational outcomes. By examining lessons learned from how South Africa failed to achieve many of its goals, it constructs an innovative alternative strategy for making process, combining practical steps to achieve incremental gains to re-orient the system towards learning.
Part I: Framing the Issues
1 Brian Levy: Improving basic education - the governance challenge
2 Luis Crouch and Ursula Hoadley: The transformation of South Africa's system of basic education
3 Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo: Education policymaking at national level - the politics of multiple principals
Part II: Provincial Governance and Politics of Education
4 Robert Cameron and Brian Levy: Provincial governance of education - the Western Cape experience
5 Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, Eric Matambo, and Vinothan Naidoo: Provincial governance of education - the Eastern Cape experience
6 Gabrielle Wills, Debra Shepherd, and Janeli Kotze: Explaining the Western Cape performance paradox: an econometric analysis
7 Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, and Vinothan Naidoo: Context and capability: A tale of two bureaucracies
Part III: Horizontal Governance
8 Ursula Hoadley, Brian Levy, Lawule Shumane, and Shelly Wilburn: Case studies of school-level governance dynamics in the Western Cape
9 Brian Levy and Lawule Shumane: Case studies of school-level governance dynamics in the Eastern Cape
10 Brian Levy: All for education - Meeting the governance challenge