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Male Teachers in Estonian Schools - Who are They?

Around 15 per cent of teachers in Estonian schools are men. This means that out of ~15,000 teachers working in Estonia, there are ~2000 men. “But why do we even need male teachers in schools?” asks a doctorate student at Tallinn University and the head of studies at Keila school, Ahti Noor.

New scheme launched to get more men into childcare jobs in United Kingdom

by Jon Robinson - The Citizen
A new scheme has been set up to help encourage more men to enter the childcare profession in Lancashire.

The Lancashire Men in Childcare Network has been established by Andrew Clifford, managing director of the First Class Childcare Group, which has bases in Barrow, Whalley, Accrington and Clayton-le-Moors.

Male teachers in Quebec schools

by Tina Tenneriello
Statistics from Quebec's education ministry show there are fewer male teachers than ever in our schools.

The numbers obtained by the Journal de Montreal show close to 2000 men have left teaching over the past five years.

Overall males represent 21.6 per cent of teachers in schools, five years ago it was 23.3 per cent.

I'm so glad we hired a male au pair

by Lydia Gard - The Telegraph
My husband recently moved abroad with work, returning on average for a week every month. We joke that he’s a tourist in the family, but it’s not always funny.

Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators in Canada

Interested in learning more about the diversity of ETFO programs, partnerships and supports as a male educator? The Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators will explore the diversity of ETFO programs and outreach while also addressing challenges faced by males in a rapidly changing school system and teacher union.

Solution needed for male teacher shortage

Nelson Mail - New Zealand
The Ministry of Education appears at a loss as to how to resolve the chronic shortage of male teachers, a challenge hampered by both red flags and red tape.

Despite a public relations offensive from the ministry, the number of male teachers in both primary and secondary schools has continued to drop during the past 10 years.

More men would be attracted to teaching for better wages

by Afshan Ahmed - The National UAE
When Saeed Al Ameri was asked three years ago to pick a career, he did not hesitate. He wanted to be a teacher.

His Emirati classmates teased him. Long hours, they said, and terrible money.

But Mr Ameri's response was simple: "I want to be a role model for young Emiratis."

How the recession moved us closer to gender balance

by Fiona McBennett - Business Irish
History was made this week, as Noirin O'Sullivan became the first woman ever appointed Garda Commissioner. This means the country's top two justice jobs are now occupied by women. Is the move towards gender balance in the workplace finally getting under way?

Queensland (Australia) College of Teachers propose investigation into decline in number of males choosing teaching

by Brittany Vonow - The Courier-Mail
The number of male teachers in Queensland schools has fallen to “alarming” levels, sparking a probe into the decline.

Poor pay rates and perception of teaching careers has been blamed for the slide, with registered male teachers making up barely 16 per cent of educators in state primary school this year.

The Queensland College of Teachers has proposed an investigation into the decline.

India: Male teachers in city schools feel stigmatised

by Akram Mohammed - Deccan Herald - India
One of the guidelines issued to schools by the Department of Public Instruction, following an increase in cases of sexual assaults, was mandatory police verification of all male staff in schools.

Steps include ascertaining the antecedents of the teacher, by conducting background checks with their neighbours. These measures initiated by the Police has put the staff in an embarrassing situation, allege teacher associations. The male teachers were being stigmatised, they contend.
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