An investigation into educator leave in the South African schooling system: phase II

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
TITLE AUTHOR(S): V.Reddy, C.H.Prinsloo, T.Netshitangani, R.Moletsane, A.Juan, D.Janse van Rensburg, J.De Kadt, T.Mda, M.Cosser
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6365
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/4235

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This report is the second in a set of three. The reports for Phases I and II serve as technical or working reports towards the third and final report. The Phase I report mainly covers the review of literature (including policy) underpinning the study, as well as a preliminary analysis of educator leave rates from PERSAL data from 2004 to 2007. The Phase II report covers the findings from in-depth and mostly qualitative research on the administration and management of leave in the schooling system, as well as various contributions on the extent of leave and absence in schools. The third and final report will integrate all the findings from the Phase I and Phase II reports and identify recommendations for policy and practice related to the management of educator leave in the schooling system. With regard to the Phase II Report, data collection occurred within very tight timelines during a five-week period during September and October 2009. A first iteration of analysis and preliminary report writing occurred up to the beginning of December 2009. This has been followed by next iterations leading up to the present point during February 2010. A preliminary report was submitted to and discussed by the members of the Reference Committee during their second full meeting on 2 February 2010. This report reflects substantial revisions that have been made since the preliminary report was submitted on 4 December 2009. In particular, attention has been given to the formulations of the analysis and findings. In some cases additional interviews with district and provincial officials, as well as labour union and other officials, were also conducted to help improve on the preliminary manuscript.