I read a research paper that I would like to recommend :  “An exploration of successful school leadership in a challenging school context:  Case studies of two Secondary School in Soweto”.  The research was done by Linda Ramatseba in 2012 in fulfillment of the Degree of Masters of Education at Wits. School leadership practices were researched.

There are 64 schools in Soweto and the two schools in the research are two of the few that are successful.  What makes them different from other unsuccessful schools in the same area?

The claim is made that principals in South African schools are not equipped to lead and many principals do not possess the abilities and skills they need in order to successfully run the schools.  The role of the involvement of the community is also discussed. Poverty often gets the blame in schools that are unsuccessful, but this research proofs that it is possible to be successful in a poor area.

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