Research and Evaluation
Knowledge Management at the Core of CASME's Operations
Resourcing the Curriculum Support Core for District Impact: Policy and Practice in Subject Advisor Post Provisioning
Human capacity constraints in district education offices can negatively affect the ability of advisors to fulfil their mandate. This policy brief draws on research on the post-provisioning, daily responsibilities, and workloads of all General Education and Training (GET) Phase Mathematics and English First Additional Language (EFAL) advisors. An analysis of the research data reveals staff shortages at this level, uneven post-provisioning across provinces and phases, and that advisors’ time could be used more effectively. Given the context of decreased real spending in education, it is important to find ways to maximise efficiencies and impact, as well as relieve some of the pressure placed on existing advisors. The research puts forward some suggestions, including encouraging a more strategic application of post-provisioning norms, improving the utilisation of advisors’ time by removing duties assigned to them that are beyond their job scope, and through better work coordination, and leveraging technology. At a policy level, this brief recommends that the Amended Policy on the Organisation, Roles and Responsibilities of Education Districts (DBE, 2018) be revisited to provide clarity on Intersen appointments; a phase revealed to be particularly burdened. The brief also calls for further investigation into potential inefficiencies of other sub-directorates/divisions that have focus areas that overlap with the work of advisors. This investigation will help strengthen relevant Departmental job descriptions and policy.