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The Importance of Good Working Relationships between Principals and School Board Members in Zambezi Region, Namibia

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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to establish the importance of a good working relationship between principals and school board members (SBMs) in Zambezi region. The study adopted a qualitative research design approach. The data was gathered using interviews. In this study, the researchers worked with principals and SBMs in Zambezi region, Namibia. For the purpose of the study, the researcher selected five principals, nine teacher SBMs, ten parent SBMs and four learners’ representative council members (LRCs) from primary, combined and senior secondary schools in the Zambezi region. The reason for selecting the twenty-eight participants was their involvement as members of school boards in the Zambezi region. A qualitative data analysis (QDA) was employed in this study. The findings derived from principals’ comments revealed that, when there was a good working relationship between principals and SBMs, it became easier to maintain discipline among learners at the school. Good performance and good academic results of learners could be achieved at the school. The majority of principals and teacher SBMs seemed to be working together in ensuring that the school achieved the targeted goals and objectives. Principals and SBMs are important partners when it comes to the smooth running of the school. It was revealed from the findings derived from the comments of principals that the importance of a good working relationship with SBMs was the development of unity and trust. It was revealed from the findings derived from the comments of principals, parent SBMs and LRCs serving on the school board that the importance of a good working relationship also related to consultations on matters regarding school development. From the findings of this paper, the researcher can confirm that, to work properly, principals and SBMs should have a healthy working relationship.

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