World News

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%.

New figures reveal which region has the highest percentage of male teachers in England

By Zoe Stevens - Herald Express
Torbay has the highest percentage of male primary and secondary teachers in the country.

But education charity Teach First is calling for more men in the South West to become teachers, as the latest figures show a stubborn gender gap in the profession.

The latest Government statistics reveal that just 28.4 per cent of teachers in South West schools are men, although these figures were the best for any region in England.

Improving gender equality is the key to tackling Britain's male teacher shortage

by Joanne McDowell - The Conversation
As it currently stands, less than 13% of the UK's primary school teachers are male. A lot of this is down to the fact that primary teaching continues to be seen as a job only suitable for women. "Feminine" characteristics such as "caring" are seen as central to the role, and Western society mainly still envisions that it is only women – and not men – who possess such qualities.

2014 & 2016 EC-MENZ - New Zealand Reports


The 10th Annual EC-MENz Summit was held on 8th & 9th April 2016 at BTI (Bethlehem Tertiary Institute), Bay of Plenty

Celebrating the many roles of men in ECE

Wellington's Y-Men programme trying to increase the low male ECE teacher numbers

by Kris Dando - Stuff.nz
It took a terrible affliction suffered by a sibling for Anaru Jones to find his calling in life.

The 22-year-old from Stokes Valley helps out at Tui Park Kindergarten in Linden four days a week as part of programme run by Whanau Maanaki Kindergartens.

Ireland has far more female teachers than male in all sectors

by Fionnuala Jones - NewTalk 106-108fm
This is despite only 50% of women acting as principals in primary schools

Ireland continues to have more female teachers than male, according to new statistics released by the EU.

The figures, released in support of World Teachers' Day, show that 87 per cent of primary school teachers here are female while 71 per cent of positions in secondary schools were held by women.

Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says

by Katherine Sellgren BBC News education reporter
England's classrooms need more male teachers, an education charity says, as government figures show a continued gender gap in the profession.

Department for Education statistics show 26% of teachers in England are men - accounting for 38% of secondary and 15% of primary school teachers.

To mark World Teachers' Day, the charity Teach First is urging more men to consider a career in the sector.

Wanted: Cosla wants more men to work in nurseries across Scotland to solve staffing crisis

by Andrew Denholm - Herald Scotsland
More men have been urged to work in nurseries to help address a chronic shortfall in the number of childcare staff across Scotland.

An extra 18,000 new workers will be required by 2020 to meet a Scottish Government commitment to expand free childcare places, but not enough new members of staff are being trained to fill the vacancies.

Currently some 95 per cent of all students who train in childcare services at Scottish colleges are female.

Why we need more male teachers and more female principals

By Rosena Jordan - President INTO
Classrooms are a microcosm of society. In our schools, children learn the stories they will tell themselves for the rest of their lives, stories formed from the material they have around them.

What will today's primary children tell themselves about gender?

Free teacher training program for men labeled gender discrimination

Global Times
A new teacher training program has been created for men in Fujian province, Beijing News reported on Sept. 26.

The project was initiated last year by the Fujian Provincial Education Department, together with three other local departments and five teacher training universities. The purpose of the program is to ease the serious gender imbalance among primary school and kindergarten teachers.

NZ Police heads towards gender balance while the Ministry of Education holds on to sex-role stereotypes for early childhood educ

by Dr Sarah Alexander - Child Forum
New Zealand Police attempts to recruit more women have been successful and rewarded.

In 2012 just 24 per cent of new police recruits across the country were women, but last year that number jumped to nearly 36 per cent thanks to new programmes targeted specifically at females.

For police to have the trust and confidence of the community they must be representative of the people they serve, they believe.

New Zealand Expert calls for government to act on lack of men in early childhood education

by Laura Dooney - Stuff.nz
An early childcare researcher is calling on the Government to do more to address a lack of men in pre-school teaching.

Sarah Alexander, of research organisation ChildForum, met Ministry of Education staff last week to discuss the gender gap in early childhood education (ECE), which she says could be improved with political support.

2017 World Forum Foundation – Men in Early Childhood Education proposals due

Would you like to be a part of the 2017 World Forum?

Meet the male teachers changing the perception of nursery school education

by Rob Kemp - The Telegraph
"For far too long we've had an upside down education system – with all the emphasis on the importance of GCSE, A Level and university," explains Jay Ramsey, 40, a nursery teacher at St Werburgh's Park School in Bristol. "But research shows that the influence of a good quality nursery environment continues to be felt right through to GCSEs and A Levels – and these benefits can even be measured economically."

Men in Minority: Teaching Academy in China Struggles to Recruit Male Students

By anhuinews.com - Editor Rong Chen
A teacher training college in the city of Bozhou, east China's Anhui Province, recently released a report which shows that almost 90 percent of its students are female, suggesting that few men are choosing to enter the profession nowadays.

There is a blackboard in front of the main building where students, or anyone who wants to, can write and leave a comment.

Wanted: Male ECE teachers in New Zealand

Working as an early childhood teacher is not only a satisfying job but an important one too, says Phillip Ozzane.

The teacher educator who specialises in early childhood education worked for 10 years in ECE down in Wellington before shifting to Tauranga to take up his role at the Bethlehem Teaching Institute.

More men are training to be primary school teachers in UK, research shows

by Sophie Scott - SchoolsWeek
More men are training to be primary school teachers but fewer are entering secondary schools, new analysis reveals.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 also found the top three training providers were school-based. The guide was produced by Alan Smithers and Mandy-Diana Coughlan from the Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER),

Early childhood education needs more male teachers in New Zealand

by Kris Dando - Stuff.co.nz
Dean Hodge comes to work with a smile on his face, every day.

The Ascot Park resident has been a teacher at Adventure Kindergarten in Whitby for more than two years and has just finished his diploma in teaching with Te Rito Maioha/Early Childhood New Zealand.

Male teachers outnumber females at New Zealand Hamilton's Rhode Street School

by Libby Wilson - Stuff.co.nz
Male teachers outnumber females at a Hamilton primary school, bucking a national trend which sees women dominate the profession.

There are 10 male teachers at Hamilton's Rhode Street School and six females.

Rhode Street School is reversing the national trend in which women make up about 84 per cent of the primary teaching workforce.

Jobs: Why more men should become primary school teachers

by Tony Wenham - Eastern Daily Press
People ask ‘why should men be primary school teachers?’ and we say ‘why not?” That’s the question posed by Martin Smith, primary education lecturer at UEA.

He points out that some children may not hear a male voice all day at primary school and in other schools there may only be one male.

“And he’s just as likely to be the caretaker or the headteacher as a classroom teacher,” says Martin.

Wanted in China: More male teachers

by Javier Hernandez - The New York Times
The history class began with a lesson on being manly.

Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth-grade teachers at the No. 1 primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers who outsmarted Japanese troops. "Men have special duties," he said. "They have to be brave, protect women and take responsibility for wrongdoing."

More men in early childhood education in New Zealand

By Lin Ferguson - Wanganui Chronicle
Four years ago: A keynote speaker at the Early Childhood MenZ Summit in Wanganui said it was heartening to see that men are now realising a career in early childhood education is a viable option.

Dunedin Early childhood education lecturer Tagiilima Feleti said the number of men showing interest in early childhood education was growing rapidly.
XML feed What's this?