Disrespecting teacher: The decline in social standing of teachers in Cape Town, South Africa
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 28, Number 3, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper examines the declining levels of respect for teachers in two communities in Cape Town, South Africa. Education has been identified as a key area of reform and redress, but a critical skills shortage and under-resourced schools are hindering progress. Data from current and former teachers illustrate how the social and institutional capital of education is being replaced by a focus on economic capital, undermining the prestige of teaching as a career. These problems reflect trends elsewhere in the world and require action to prevent further shortages in education.
Hammett, D. (2008). Disrespecting teacher: The decline in social standing of teachers in Cape Town, South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 28(3), 340-347. Elsevier Ltd.