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Title:Facet and overall satisfaction with teaching and employment conditions of teachers in Zimbabwe
Author:Nhundu, Tichatonga J.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:work environment
job satisfaction
working conditions
Abstract:This article reports on the findings of a study which investigated the perceptions of teachers in Zimbabwe concerning aspects of their work and employment conditions. Data were collected using a structured job satisfaction questionnaire. A total of 1595 primary and secondary school teachers drawn from both rural and urban schools comprised the study sample. On the whole, teachers in the sample experienced lower levels of job satisfaction than those generally reported in the literature. Working conditions emerged as the area of greatest dissatisfaction for all subgroups of teachers in the sample, with low salaries, prospects for promotion, poor accommodation and insufficient educational resources most frequently mentioned as giving cause for dissatisfaction. Points for satisfaction included school holidays, job security, relationships with teachers, administrators and students, and freedom to choose teaching methods. However, the percentage of dissatisfied teachers was significantly higher than the percentage of satisfied ones, and the intensity of their dissatisfaction was significantly greater. Teachers in all subgroups mentioned higher salaries, lower teacher-pupil ratios, and improved accommodation as the most desired changes in their working conditions. Bibliogr., sum.