Gender, HIV/AIDS and the Status of Teachers

Report of the Third Commonwealth Teachers' Research Symposium

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In February 2008 the Commonwealth Secretariat collaborated with Education International, the worldwide umbrella organisation of teachers’ unions, to hold the third in a series of research symposiums.

Researchers from Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Zambia met in Maputo to address the most critical human resource for the achievement of education goals – the teacher.

Under the theme of ‘Gender, HIV/AIDS and the Status of Teachers’ the symposium looked at the mobility of teachers and assessed the impact and effect of HIV/AIDS on education and the teaching profession.

This publication reports the fruits of their discussions, and their recommendations on these three key issues.



Issues of Gender and Ethnicity in Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment and Migration

The study is based on a series of interviews and focus groups which explored the experiences of 12 Commonwealth teachers – six male and six female – 11 of whom were recruited to work in the United Kingdom between 2000 to 2004, the period which preceded the adoption of the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol (CTRP). The evidence from the interviews suggested that the recruiters of the teachers had changed the terms and conditions of their contractual agreement unilaterally, reneged on salary and pay arrangements, discouraged teachers from joining unions and used intimidatory measures to obtain their compliance. The need for stronger regulation of recruiters and their clients – schools and local education authorities – is stressed as is the importance of implementation of the CTRP by all Commonwealth member governments.


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