Teachers in city feel insecure

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Visakhapatnam: Even though the teaching profession is supposed to be a peaceful and respected occupation, women teachers in several institutions face many problems. A study conducted by an Andhra University researcher regarding problems of women teachers working in various secondary schools in the district revealed that women teachers had issues related to academic and administrative problems.
They were also concerned over the increasing trend of sexual harassment of women and felt the need of security. The study revealed that 44.5 per cent of women spoke of issues related to security for them, as most work in remote schools located in rural areas.
Most teachers travel by buses and trains even to distant places where they work and this poses problems for their security. The researcher Dr Lydia Jeyanthi, who is currently working as principal of Sunshine International School in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, collected opinions from 400 women teachers spread across 36 secondary schools under various managements in the district. Most teachers were extroverts and were enthusiastic, talkative, assertive and sociable.
Around 42.25 per cent of teachers were facing academic related difficulties and 37.25 per cent of teachers problems concerning administrative issues. Personal problems were affecting 29 per cent of teachers severely. As a whole, 90 per cent of women teachers were facing personal problems that normally influence teaching efficiency. Their interest in teaching also varied, depending on management and distance.
 

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