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Exploring the problems of teachers and their teaching in farm schools

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dc.contributor.author Ngobese, Zipporah Xolile
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-24T07:49:48Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-24T07:49:48Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-24T07:49:48Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/705
dc.description.abstract This study dealt with the question whether farm school teachers cope with their teaching and learning on a daily basis. The fact that farm schools are situated in remote areas has a problematic nature of its own, which includes obstacles and challenges such as transport problems, bad roads, dilapidated buildings and facilities, no accommodation for teachers from different places, poverty and under-development of learners, lack of involvement of the parents and no interest whatsoever from the community or the farm owner. On top of these challenges the task in the classroom is no easier. Through data gathered in interviews it became clear that teachers struggle to teach in small, dark, unattractive, and ruined rooms, which are at their best too overcrowded and insufficient for any effective teaching and learning to take place. Because the best teachers prefer to move away and teach in towns and cities, the ones staying behind are mostly underqualified, in need of guidance and assistance, ignorant of how to implement the new curriculum, and too shy to apply transformational changes in such a faraway place where people are under any circumstances not too keen on anything new and strange. The data further revealed that the overarching problem that challenges teaching and learning of any kind, irrespective of the caliber of the teachers or the learners, or whatever their level of education or motivation, is poverty. Poor, unemployed and uneducated parents can not be an inspiration to their children; and hungry, tired and cold learners can for whatever it is worth, not concentrate to learn at school. These are the findings of this study – findings that most definitely should be taken notice of by the highest authorities in the Provinces and on National level of the Departments of Education. Urgent and abundant assistance is needed to make these institutions function effectively and save another generation of learners from the vicious circle of ignorance and poverty. en
dc.description.sponsorship Doctor M.C. van Loggerenberg Doctor Lloyd Conley en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Teachers' job stress en
dc.subject Teaching en
dc.subject Classroom management en
dc.subject Parent-teacher relationships en
dc.title Exploring the problems of teachers and their teaching in farm schools en
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en

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