Tuesday, 10 May 2016

THE SCHOOL AS A BUREAUCRACY

To what extent are the characteristics of bureaucracy identified above present in the school?
This question can be answered in the following way:-
i. Schools and colleges employ specialized personnel or staff who are recruited on the basis of expertise and qualifications.
ii. Schools have a hierarchy of positions and a formal structure of authority involving specific lines of command from the head of the school (e.g. Headmaster, Principal, Provost, Rector, Vice-Chancellor, etc.) downward (e.g. Labourers, Cleaners, Messengers, Cooks etc.).
iii. All schools and colleges have rules and regulations governing the conduct of behaviour. There are rules and regulations governing the conduct of students on one hand, and another set of rules governing the conduct of teachers on the other hand. Both teachers and students are expected to respect and follow these rules and regulations of the schools with strict adherence.
iv. Schools and colleges have teachers who are provided with specialist courses for the age range that they teach. For example, in the teacher education programme, preservice teachers are taught courses that are geared towards the production of competent teachers full of technical qualifications such as sociology of education, educational psychology, philosophy of education, curriculum studies etc.

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