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Aug 25 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Public Schooling in a Post-COVID South Africa: Implications for School Leadership

Arundhati Roy (2020), drawing from history, proclaims that pandemics are an opportunity for “humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew”. She intimates that post-pandemic, we should not seek to retreat to a prepandemic world. Rather, we should see the pandemic as “a portal … between one world and the next”. If we are to see the pandemic as a gateway for change and a liminal space to reimagine schools and schooling, what should public schooling look like in South Africa post the pandemic? What are the implications of re-envisioned schools and schooling for the different tiers of school leadership? To address these issues and more, we draw on the expertise of academics, practitioners, researchers and teacher unionists.


  • MS NOMARASHIYA CALUZA (Provincial Secretary – SADTU KZN)
  • MR JAMES NDLEBE (Director: Education Management and Governance Development, Department of Basic Education)
  • MS LANDIE DIAMOND (District Director – Western Cape Education Department)
  • PROFESSOR VITALLIS CHIKOKO (University of Kwazulu-Natal)
  • PROFESSOR RAJ MESTRY (University of Johannesburg)



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