The Management of Parental Involvement in Multicultural Schools in South Africa: A Case Study

  • Sathiapama Michael
  • Charl C. Wolhuter
  • Noleen van Wyk
Keywords: Multicultural schools, Parent involvement, Qualitative research, School Management, South African case study


The aim of this study was to investigate the management of parental involvement in three multicultural schools in the Umlazi District in Durban, South Africa. A literature survey resulting in a theoretical framework on parental involvement in schools, multicultural schools, and the
managing of parental involvement in schools has been done. The contextual background of schools in contemporary South Africa is depicted. A qualitative research design has been used. Focus group discussions have been conducted, with a total of thirty-three principals, teachers
and parents. It has found that there is a low level of meaningful contact between school and parents. Apathy exists on the side of parents, low expectations on the side of principals and teachers, and an organisational structure facilitating parent-school interaction is lacking. In managing parental involvement in multicultural schools, school managers display
a lack of intercultural sensitivity. 


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