THE ROLE OF BURSARIES IN ADDRESSING PROBLEMS EMERGING FROM INJUSTICES AND INEQAULITIES. A CASE STUDY APPROACH
Abstract: Aim: The study explores the extent to which bursaries offer solutions to problems emergingfrom injustices and inequalities in Malawian Secondary Schools. It examines howbursaries are implemented in secondary schools and explores how beneficiariesperceive bursaries in Malawi.Theory: The study adapted the social justice theory from the perspectives of Griffiths (1998) to explore the extent to which bursaries offer solutions to injustices in Malawiansecondary schools. Method: The study took a qualitative approach based on interpretivist paradigm. The case studyapproach was used. Interviews and focus group discussions were used as the mainsources of data collection. A total of seven one to one interview were used with fourmentor teachers, one deputy headteacher and two bursary official administrators. Atotal of four focus group discussions were conducted each comprised of ten participants.Data was analyzed using an inductive analysis approach.Results: The study found out that, bursaries in themselves have the capacity to address injustices yet in practice a number of issues hinder the progress of the bursary to effectivelydeliver the intended purpose.
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