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close this bookInitial Primary Teacher Education in Lesotho (CIE, 2002, 142 p.)
close this folderChapter 6: The National Teacher Training College and its Tutors
View the document6.1 Introduction
View the document6.2 College structure, management, and staffing
View the document6.3 Characteristics of the Primary Division staff
View the document6.4 Induction and continuing professional development
View the document6.5 Current job satisfaction and future plans
View the document6.6 Tutors' perspectives
View the document6.7 Teaching practice and the schools
View the document6.8 Perceptions of their own teaching
View the document6.9 Concluding Discussion

6.5 Current job satisfaction and future plans

While the picture is somewhat mixed, and overall College morale was not particularly high, many showed enthusiasm for their work, and for most the advantages seemed to outweigh the drawbacks. Many expressed strong intrinsic satisfaction with their job, indicating, for example, that it is rewarding to teach people who will be teaching thousands of children. Thus, in their words, teaching at the College is challenging and enjoyable.

The frustrations of the job relate mainly to conditions of service and to the way the College is run. Starting salaries are on a par with high school teachers, and since there is only one college, opportunities for promotion are limited. Officially, posts are advertised and insiders compete with outsiders on equal footing, but there are suspicions that 'who you are matters more than what you can do'. Those without postgraduate degrees complain that there is no fair selection procedure for scholarships.

In spite of such problems over half would stay on at the College, particularly if salary and conditions could be improved. Some would like to move within the tertiary sector or go to the Ministry, but only five people (12%) considered leaving education. This suggests relative satisfaction, although it must be remembered that a number were nearing retirement. Closer analysis, however, revealed a strong gender difference. While only a third of the women would consider moving, half of the men would. Of the women, 70% thought it is the best job they can get, but only 27% of the men expressed that sentiment.