The Department of Basic Education has published a draft policy on the organisational roles and responsibilities of education districts in Government Gazette number 35107 on 5 March 2012. I
District offices are central to both access to and the quality of education – they serve as the link between provincial education departments, their education institutions and the public. Some districts have not performed their functions well due to limitations such as: too many education institutions assigned to too few district offices resulting in an overload in relation to capacity; unclear roles, responsibilities and lines of accountability; lack of district office autonomy and authority; lack of financial resources; and uneven post-provisioning.
This policy provides a national framework for the organisation of education districts and outlines the delegated powers, roles and responsibilities of district officials for the institutions within their care. The policy aims to address these inadequacies by bringing about a common approach to the demarcation, organisation, delegation of powers and resourcing education districts across all Provincial Education Departments.
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