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Motivational role of school managers in the Nquthu District of Vryheid Region

Submitted to the Faculty of Education in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Education in the Department of Educational Planning and Administration at the University of Zululand, 2003. / This study is aimed at an analysis of motivation which is viewed as one of the roles of school managers. It also examines the steps that school principals take to accomplish this role.
The study has been divided into five chapters; namely: Chapter 1. Orientation Chapter 2. Literature review Chapter 3. Empirical research design Chapter 4. Data analysis and interpretation Chapter 5. Findings and recommendations
The subjects of the study were 19 senior secondary school principals around
the Nquthu district of Vryheid region in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The
study revealed that the motivational strategies that principals employ could be
categorized into the following:
Environmental factors
Interpersonal relations
Empowerment and assignment of duties
Leadership style of the manager

The study also reveals factors that hinder school managers in their endeavor to
motivate staff. These factors are as follows:
Lack of co-operation between educators and learners
Schools that are in deep rural areas that are characterized by lack of resources and poor infrastructures
Simultaneous introduction of a number of initiatives in the department of education
Instability faced by educators in the teaching profession
Lack of rewards and incentives for educators who perform extremely well
Scheduling of workshops, courses and in-service training during the tuition

Although the researcher makes certain recommendations in order to overcome the above mentioned demotivating factors, there is still a need for the Department of Education to address these factors and their impact on the motivation of educators, as they are seen to have an adverse effect on their performance.
Date January 2003
CreatorsMhlungu, Zandile Florence
ContributorsGabela, R.V.
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish

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