South African Journal of Education
On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100
MASHAU, Samuel; STEYN, Es; WALT, Johannes van der and WOLHUTER, Charl. Support services perceived necessary for learner relationships by Limpopo educators. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.3, pp.415-430. ISSN 2076-3433.
After more than a decade of democracy, based on rule of law and human rights in South Africa, some parts of the education system are still lagging far behind others. Following reports that the provincial departments of education are neglecting schools, especially in the far-flung rural areas of the country, a survey was undertaken on the core pedagogical function of educators. The survey focused on their perceptions of the need for creating and improving their relationships with their learners and the availability of support services to help them improve these relationships. A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of relatively experienced school managers and educators in Limpopo province. Most respondents felt the need to establish and improve such relationships, but a relatively large percentage also perceived such support services to be either non-existent or unavailable to them.