The role of School Management Team in Promoting Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools

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Khashane Stephen Malatji


The study investigated the role of school management team in promoting teaching and learning. The study was conducted in 3 secondary schools of Warmbad circuit. These schools experience a challenge of lack of curriculum coverage, which lead to poor learner attainment. The study followed a qualitative research approach with a case study research design. Population in this study consisted of 70 SMT members. Purposive sampling was utilised to select 3 most experienced SMT from each school. Data was collected through individual semi- structured interviews. Henderson’s Ethically Based Model of Inquiry was used which explained what characterises a reflective teacher. Thematic approach was used to analyse data. The study revealed SMTs were aware of their roles to manage curriculum, however, challenges they experienced from teachers hindered fulfilment of their duties and responsibilities, hence lack of curriculum coverage. The study concluded that there is a lack of policy on curriculum coverage; and that teachers need to employ new strategies to improve teaching and learning. The study recommended that SMT should design a policy on curriculum coverage.

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