SUWON, Jun. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A new survey has revealed that 1 out of 2 teachers in their 20s and 30s say they don’t intend to retire as a teacher.
Kim Cha-myeong, an official at the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and a teacher himself, on Saturday revealed the results of an online survey of teachers nationwide.
The survey quizzed 4,656 teachers (829 men and 3,826 women) born between 1980 and 1996 via Kim’s Facebook page last week.
According to the survey, 47 percent of the respondents said that they “were not interested in continuing to be a teacher until retirement.”
Reasons given by teachers to justify their response included “feelings of doubt,” “society’s (negative) view of teachers,” “physical (health) issues,” and “generation gap with students.”
To the question asking why they chose to become a teacher, the most common answer was “to have a secure life” (34 percent) followed by “love for teaching” (32 percent), and “influence from my own teachers” (12 percent).
Pertaining to the source of stress on the job, 39 percent said that parents gave them a hard time, followed by students (24 percent), supervisors such as principals or vice-principals (17 percent), and administrative staff (8 percent).
Stress factors included a sense of responsibility (52 percent), administrative work (21 percent), and an undemocratic school system (12 percent).
Kim said that the survey was conducted because the role of younger teachers is important in changing the education system.
“I think that the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education will be looking at the results of the survey to implement future measures in education.”
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)