The Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA) is a constituent member of ISASA that addresses the many issues that heads face now and in the future.
In its new form, as an inclusive body with a Code of Ethical Practice, SAHISA has over 400 heads as members and is better prepared to meet the challenges of a democratic society , the 21st Century and beyond.
Independent schools face serious threats to their independence and financial viability through proposed educational and taxation legislation.
Socio-economic challenges are also evident, including poverty, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a teacher supply crisis, a changing market, and increasing diversity.
Schools face new societal demands around good governance, accountability, quality assurance and the rights of the child.
In this context, the establishment of ISASA, as an overarching body able to take cohesive and concerted action in the interest of independent schools, was very timely. However its different and distinguishable constituent members, SAHISA and SABISA, are equally valuable and add the important perspectives of heads and bursars.
As the Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association addresses the many issues that heads face now and in the future, there can be little doubt that its long and eventful history will assist it to meet new challenges innovatively and intelligently, and to better serve the interests of its members.