(In)tolerance of Diversity and School Governance: Perceptions and Experiences of Parents in Soweto Secondary Schools

Patrick Mafora
2013 Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences  
A qualitative multi case study on shared decision-making in School Governing Bodies (SGBs) was conducted in five secondary schools in Soweto, South Africa. This article is restricted to the research question: how do parent members of the SGB perceive and experience respect and tolerance of diversity within the SGB. Data were collected through in-depth, semistructured individual and group interviews. Tesch's steps for open coding were followed for data analysis. Findings indicate that parents
more » ... ate that parents perceive and experience SGBs as discriminative, divisive, and intolerant of their "otherness". Dimensions of diversity, notably socio-economic background and opinions-held, are used as the basis for suppression and marginalisation. The article argues for the introduction of school-level policies and relevant capacity building initiatives on democracy and social justice issues, as a means of improving the situation.
doi:10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n4p101 fatcat:xlc35ns3c5dg5duph3ququcf6e