Migrant Zimbabwean teachers in South Africa : challenging and rewarding issues

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dc.contributor.author Weda, Zenzele
dc.contributor.author De Villiers, J.J.R. (Rian)
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-22T07:17:27Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11
dc.description.abstract The research carried out regarding the experiences of migrant teachers in South Africa mainly highlights the challenges that these teachers face. This article reports on a case study that sought to document the experiences of 15 Zimbabwean teachers working in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Data were collected through semi-structured, face-to-face interviews and analysed qualitatively using open coding. The study revealed that migrant teachers encountered several challenging issues including a lack of job security, short and unreliable contracts, difficulties in accessing loans for those employed on short contracts, exploitation, xenophobic discrimination, lack of induction and lack of learner discipline. Professional development, good financial rewards, social acceptance and political freedom were some of the rewards that they enjoyed in South Africa. Understanding the experiences of migrant teachers is crucial to the promotion of their rights, reduction of the risks associated with their migration and to the improvement of their professionalism. Further research is necessary to find ways of protecting migrant teachers against discrimination and exploitation. It is also recommended that policy is drawn up that would facilitate the compassionate termination of migrant teachers’ employment contracts once the required number of South African teachers has been reached. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science, Mathematics and Technology Education en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2020-01-04
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://link.springer.com/journal/12134 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Weda, Z. & de Villiers, R. Migrant Zimbabwean Teachers in South Africa: Challenging and Rewarding Issues. Journal of International Migration and Integration (2019) 20: 1013-1028. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-018-00649-6 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1488-3473 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1874-6365 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s12134-018-00649-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/68198
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights © Springer Nature B.V. 2019. The original publication is available at : http://link.springer.com/journal/12134. en_ZA
dc.subject Challenges en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Teacher migration en_ZA
dc.subject Teacher shortages en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwean teachers en_ZA
dc.title Migrant Zimbabwean teachers in South Africa : challenging and rewarding issues en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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