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Plans in place to attract more men to the classroom in Australia

by Stefanie Balogh - The Australian
A targeted and specific recruitment drive is needed to attract more men into the nation’s classrooms to arrest a male teacher drought, a new report finds.

The first study of its kind to ask serving teachers why they chose the profession reveals the main driving factor for all teachers is the intrinsic value of teaching, ­followed by teaching ability, and a desire to shape the future of young lives.

Men in our classrooms in New Zealand

By Claire Allison - Stuff
Features editor Claire Allison looks at what male teachers are dealing with, and why more aren't entering the profession.

When a teacher is revealed to have been sexually abusing students, shockwaves go through the affected community, and questions are asked about how it could have happened.

Alberta, Canada facing shortage of male teachers in rural areas

by Kenzie Love - Calgary Herald
At a time when most other provinces face declining school enrolment, Alberta stands out.

New Zealand Men hope to encourage more males into early childhood roles

by Koren Allpress - Stuff.co.nz
Two South Canterbury men who are studying to become early childhood education (ECE) teachers could double the number of males teaching in the region once qualified.

As of June 2014, there were just two licensed male ECE teachers employed in South Canterbury, of a total of 251 teachers in the region, according to data released by the Ministry of Education.

Trinidad and Tobago: No men to teach

It is becoming more and more difficult to attract young males to the teaching profession, says Principal of St Mary's College, Fr Ronald Mendez.

Mendez told the media yesterday at a press conference to launch the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebrations of the Arrival of the Holy Ghost Fathers and the Founding of St Mary's College.

Japan: Should male childcare workers' roles be limited?

The Yomiuri Shimbun - The Japan News
The Yomiuri Shimbun Controversy has arisen over whether male childcare workers at nursery facilities should be in charge of changing the clothes or diapers of girls. The context for this is concern from parents and guardians that such circumstances could lead to the sexual abuse of children. However, there is a shortage of childcare workers, and both male and female childcare workers are expected to play active roles at nursery facilities.

Japan: Should male nursery teachers change girls' clothes, diapers?

The Yomiuri Shimbun - The Japan News
A plan by the Chiba municipal government to promote the utilization of male nursery teachers has sparked intense debate on the internet about the involvement of male childcare workers in changing the clothes and diapers of infant girls.

Japan: Online debate on male nursery workers dressing girls heats up after mayor's tweet

by Mainichi - Japan
Online debate over the use of male nursery staff is heating up after the mayor of this city tweeted about some parents asking their daughters' day care centers not to have male staff members help them get dressed.

New Zealand: Women left holding the baby

Dr. Sarah Alexander - ChildForum NZ
Women today can do any job, so why do we still see large numbers of women workers in childcare kindergarten and other early childhood services?

Answers to this question usually go along the lines of: "it's a job that women are best suited to" and "what man would want to work with children anyway?"

Switzerland: How do you get more men into primary teaching?

By Isobel Leybold-Johnson - Swissinfo.ch
Men thinking of making the change into primary school teaching can now take a taster day to find out more. It's part of an initiative to boost the percentage of men in the profession in Switzerland – which currently stands at around 18%.
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