For Whom the Bell Tolls

Authors: Sadhana Manik*, University of KwaZulu Natal
Topics: Migration, Africa, Careers and professional development
Keywords: international migration, teachers
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Council Room, Omni, West
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Teacher shortages are pronounced in both developed and developing countries triggering and sustaining the international mobility and migration of teachers. The trend of teacher emigration from countries in the south to countries in the north has not abated. South Africa, an exemplar of such a trend, has become a key exporter of both seasoned and newly qualified teachers to a host of countries in the northern hemisphere: United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, China, Vietnam. Countries in the north continue to attract and recruit teachers from the south to meet their needs. This paper is based on a qualitative teacher emigration study which locates itself within the interpretivist paradigm. The paper presents data to understand the current trends of teacher emigration from South Africa through the lens of emigrant teachers. Using an instrumental case study design, the paper presents the motivations of six school teachers, who have emigrated to three different destinations (Ireland, the Emirates and Vietnam) in the north in an attempt to unpack the nuances of their decision-making and the nature of their first year experiences abroad.




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