Investigating factors inhibiting the implementation of IQMS in a South African school.

Mji, Lwazi Knowledge (2012) Investigating factors inhibiting the implementation of IQMS in a South African school. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




After the 1994 elections education reform has been characterized by the introduction of laws and policies, including IQMS, that seek to reconcile post‐apartheid traditions to practices that would address deficiencies borne by the era in the education field. The IQMS is a clear reaction to the autocratic mode of evaluation that operated during the apartheid era and is a major shift from the old paradigm of external evaluators. It was designed to review performance and identify strengths and weaknesses, encouraging personal and professional development, drawing on peer and collegial feedback rather than official Department of Education surveillance. However, recent studies have shown that the IQMS has failed and is failing to achieve what it was intended to achieve. This study examines the reasons for this failure in a secondary school in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This research is an interpretive case study that uses observation, document analysis and interviews utilising theories of learning organizations, management and leadership. The study reveals that the policy is not applied in the way it was intended and is failing in this regard. The policy process has been bureaucratised and suffers from superficial compliance. The developmental thrust of the policy seems to have been lost. It was also discovered that the involvement of teacher unions has both positively and negatively affected the implementation process and that the support schools receive from the department is not enough to keep the policy alive in schools. This research is likely to benefit school principals, policy makers and implementers, and IQMS coordinators, as it provides clarity on the issues restraining IQMS implementation in schools. The study also demonstrates the need for school principals to consider adopting transformational leadership as a strategy to lead teachers against political influence and expose them to professional development opportunities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education reform, Integrated Quality Management System, IQMS, Apartheid, Failure, Evaluation, Professional development, Schools, Eastern Cape, South Africa, School management, Leadership, Policy process, Teachers, School principals, Teacher unions, Department of Education, Transformational leadership, Political influence
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Van der Mescht, Hennie
ID Code:3164
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:01 Aug 2012 06:57
Last Modified:01 Aug 2012 06:57
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