Monday, May 28, 2012

80% of Teachers Unhappy in Their Job

Teacher's Day on Tuesday is being overshadowed by several recent incidents of violence against teachers by pupils and angry parents and generally low morale in the profession.

The Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations surveyed 3,271 teachers across the nation and found that 81 percent said their job satisfaction dropped over the last one to two years, a steep rise in dissatisfaction from 55.3 percent as recently as 2009.

The number of teachers opting to quit increased from 3,083 in 2009 to 4,393 last year. And in the first half of this year alone, 3,517 teachers have opted for early retirement, up 25 percent from the same period last year.

The number of parents who want their children to become teachers fell from 56 percent in 2007 to just 23.9 percent this year. Read More