Partnerships in Current Government Education and Training Policy and Practice.Report as inadecuate

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Partnerships between the South African state and nonstate sectors have become a strategic element in the implementation of education policy. Six policy texts, as exemplars of state support for partnerships, are presented. The notion of partnership is used in a theoretical way so as to suggest reasons for governmental support in the context of contemporary South African education and training. The "White Paper on Education and Training," which proclaimed the pivotal role of partnerships, is briefly discussed followed by some etymological and theoretical insights on partnerships, including the nature of informal partnerships; formal partnerships; post-agreement, formalized partnerships; and statutory partnerships. Ways in which partnerships can be configured are described, as are the reasons for entering into a partnership, such as the inclusion of other stakeholders. The power in partnerships is also detailed as is how such relationships many times are not equitable. Some examples of partnerships currently in effect are provided, followed by a list of factors that limit effective partnerships. The most significant step that will release the potential for partnerships in South African education is to develop procedural guidelines for establishing such associations. (RJM)

Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, School Administration, School Community Relationship, School Policy

Author: Karlsson, Jenni


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