Policy of development by social model of boarding school

Discussions and Researches

The new economic system favours free market and profit generating activities whereas the boarding schools had already in former Yugoslavia been set up as social institutions. During the recent period i.e. during the first years of sovereignty of Slovenia the number of pupils residing in boarding schools has decreased. The gap between the capacities and numbers of places taken has appeared as a result of the planning in 80s which was based on the then expected influx of pupils from other regions of former Yugoslavia and on the vision of economic development of individual areas which however was not realized. The number of places taken in the boarding schools dropped dramatically upon Slovenia becoming an independent country. The decrease was caused by several factors simultaneously. The management of boarding schools in Slovenia can choose between two extreme alternatives: abolishment of the boarding schools as such or finding a way of their development by forming new models. This article discusses the mission of boarding schools as organizations, the policy of their management and governance and provides data on the tendency of the number of pupils residing in boarding houses and finally a social-developmental theoretical model of a boarding school which will evolve in the changed environment of Slovenia as part of EU. 

Keywords: boarding school, changes, policy of governance, new models, development, management. 

Olga Dečman Dobrnjič, Ph.D. Metod Černetič