Why is there a lack of male teachers in our classrooms?
Did you know that only one in five teachers at foundation level in South Africa are men?
The gender ratio is even more obviously globally, with males accounting for just 2%-3% of teaching staff in early childhood education.
A lack of male teachers for young children has become the focus of a growing body of research both locally and internationally.
Deevia Bhana is a researcher from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The lack of men in the foundation phase, and in pre-school, remains quite compelling.Deevia Bhana, Researcher - University of KwaZulu-Natal
So what's behind the low numbers?
It's clearly related to the constructions of masculinities and what men think, and not just men, of what is men's work and what is women's work.Deevia Bhana, Researcher - University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bhana says there is also an element of suspicion towards men who want to work in early childhood education.
The question is: What are your intentions if you want to teach a six-year-old or a four-year-old? You may be a paedophile, you may have ulterior motives.Deevia Bhana, Researcher - University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bhana says the answer doesn't simply lie in hiring more men to teach.
We are looking for men AND women, who subscribe to values and positive outcomes that will impact on a child's life... individuals who subscribe to values based on gender equality.Deevia Bhana, Researcher - University of KwaZulu-Natal
Listen to the full interview below:
Most poor people living in Mitchell’s Plain are more worried about where their next meal will come from than they are about Covid-19.Read More
South African hairdressers are heading to court to ask that they be allowed to open under level 3 of the national lockdown.Read More
Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says the President has given in to religious interest groups historically aligned to the governing party.Read More
Social distancing and lockdown have forced many of us into solitude and for some that has brought a sense of extreme loneliness.Read More
Lester Kiewit asks why, when so many tracing apps exist, is contact-tracing being done manually in South Africa?Read More
The SAMRC says an apology issued to the Health Department on Monday was not meant as an apology for Prof Gray's comments.Read More
The Firepit Company creates designer spherical fire pits and steel sculptures and gets a #CapeTalkShoutOut with Ninety One.Read More
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) advises that religious leaders with large congregations rotate their church services under level 3 lockdown.Read More
We take a look at how communities in two of the most impoverished suburbs in Cape Town are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.Read More
ThiArt Coffee is an independent coffee shop and restaurant operating in Clanwilliam and Vredendal. They need help surviving the lockdown.Read More