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Title:Namibian teachers' understanding of education for all issues
Editor:Zimba, Roderick Fulata
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Volume:2
Issue:1
Pages:169-186
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:education
educational quality
access to education
teachers
Abstract:This study investigates Namibian teachers' understanding of their working circumstances, goals of education for all (EFA), and issues of quality of education. To obtain data, a structured questionnaire was administered to a representative sample of 1611 primary and secondary school teachers from six regions. The study's main findings include that several teachers 1) teach under difficult circumstances, with their schools lacking classroom furniture, electricity, water, teaching and learning materials; 2) have problems communicating with the parents of their students; 3) have difficulties managing overcrowded classrooms; 4) are given heavy administrative loads that prevent them from effectively undertaking their teaching duties, and 5) know little about the existence of EFA goals. These and other findings are discussed in the paper and the author makes suggestions for enhancing the educational practice in Namibia. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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