The oversight functions of school governing bodies in the management of budgets

Authors

  • Junaid King Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), South Africa
  • Raj Mestry University of Johannesburg, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.38140/pie.v41i4.7512

Keywords:

Financial management, Budget, Budget monitoring, Budget control, Oversight, Finance policy

Abstract

The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 (RSA, 1996) heralded a shift in decision-making powers through decentralising school governance from the state to local communities. One of the primary functions of school governing bodies (SGBs) is to manage school finances. It is imperative for SGBs to design and implement irrefutable finance policies that clearly and unambiguously spell out specific structures and processes by applying relevant legislation and regulations enforced by the Ministry of Education. Using a generic qualitative approach within an interpretivist paradigm, this paper accentuates the oversight functions of SGBs to manage budgets effectively and efficiently. This research was grounded in a social constructivist paradigm and data were collected by way of semi-structured interviews and document analysis. Findings revealed that many SGBs place very little importance on the oversight functions of budgets which usually result in the mismanagement of school funds. This is reflected in poor finance policy formulation and implementation, and the absence of operational mechanisms (e.g. budget variance analysis) to curb wasteful and fruitless expenditure. Furthermore, challenges associated with the non-compliance of a finance policy and the failure of SGBs to take timely corrective action exasperate the problems of poor financial management.

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Author Biographies

Junaid King, Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), South Africa

 

 

Raj Mestry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Management.

 

 

 

Published

2023-12-13

How to Cite

King, J., & Mestry, R. (2023). The oversight functions of school governing bodies in the management of budgets . Perspectives in Education, 41(4). https://doi.org/10.38140/pie.v41i4.7512

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Research articles