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Title: Different rules for different teachers: teachers’ views of professionalism and accountability in a bifurcated education system
Authors: Hoffman, Nimi 
Sayed, Yusuf 
Badroodien, Azeem 
Keywords: Public schools;No-fee schools;Teacher professionalism;Teacher accountability;Bifurcated education system;Western Cape teachers
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Journal of Education
Abstract: This paper reports the initial results from a representative survey of teachers in the Western Cape regarding their views of professionalism and accountability. This is the first survey of its kind in South Africa. Preliminary analysis of the data from 115 public schools suggests that teachers at no-fee schools, who are predominantly black women, report facing the greatest institutional burdens and the greatest need for institutional support, particularly from the state. Related to this, they tend to stress pastoral care-work as central to being a professional, while those at fee-paying schools stress their claims to pedagogical knowledge and job prestige. This indicates that teachers at different schools are subject to different and unequal institutions (or rules), where the kind of school that teachers work at often reflects their race and gender positioning. It also implies that the concept of a bifurcated education system, characterised by different production functions and outcomes for learners, should be expanded to include teachers and deepened to include institutions.
ISSN: 2249-5517
Appears in Collections:Edu - Journal Articles (DHET subsidised)

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