Qatari teachers seek job change to ease pressure and secure future

October 4, 2010
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Dozens of Qatari female teachers have applied to change jobs, citing uncertainty about their future and heavy work pressure.

A call last week by the government to teachers who do not wish to continue teaching and want to take up another public sector job has sparked the rush, Qatari daily Al Arab reported.

According to the newspaper, “three floors of the government’s human resources building were filled with dozens of teachers who wanted new jobs that would give them professional security.”

More teachers are expected to apply to leave their current positions, compounding the pressure on the schools to find temporary and long-term substitutes.

Concerns about the lack of a clear vision about their future in the profession were cited as the main reason for the teachers’ move.

“There have been promises since last year about a teachers’ statute that states promotions and financial rewards among other things, but nothing has materialized yet,” one teacher was quoted as saying.

Another teacher complained about “sudden transfers” that force some teachers to take up positions away from their homes.

Long school days and the obligation to attend workshops and activities outside the regular hours were also cited by teachers to explain their decision to look for new jobs.

However, Al Arab newspaper said that government has refused the applications of Maths, Physics, Science and English on the grounds that schools have an acute shortage of instructors in the subjects.

According to the paper, “these teachers will either accept to continue teaching or resign.”

 

         

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