An assessment of procedures employed in the selection of secondary school principals in the KwaZulu Department of Education and Culture : an exploratory study.
Hlongwane, Edwin Mthenjwa.
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It is widely acknowledged that the role of the principal is critical in the maintenance and enhancement of quality in schooling. It follows that, not only should principals be adequately trained for their task, but also the best possible candidates should be appointed to positions of principal. Limited available research suggests that, throughout the world, processes of selection for principalship leave much to be desired. This dissertation examines one example of in-depth research into the process of selecting principals and draws attention to the weaknesses identified together with suggestions for improvement. This is followed by a consideration of what appears to be the characteristic process for the selection of principals in the KwaZulu Department of Education and Culture (KDEC). The 'ideal' process operating in the KDEC is then subjected, through empirical research, to the opinions of inspectors and principals in one circuit of the KDEC. The main findings in this connection are reported. Finally, in the light of overseas research and the products of research in the Mpumalanga Circuit of the KDEC, recommendations are offered for the possible improvement of the selection process for secondary school principals.