Job Satisfaction, Professional Growth, and Mathematics Teachers’ Impressions about School Environment

Bhesh Raj Mainali, Shashidhar Belbase

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Abstract

This study examined high school mathematics teachers’ job satisfaction and professional growth in Nepal. The data were collected from 49 high school mathematics teachers using a structured questionnaire with Likert-scale items and some open-ended questions. The quantitative and qualitative analysis revealed mixed findings. Mathematics teachers were relatively satisfied with their profession; however, various factors were important for job satisfaction and professional growth. The three most important were inservice training and educational resources, schools’ infrastructure, and financial incentives. The data analysis further contends that the school education system must be free from politics, and the procedure of forming the school management committee (SMC) must be isolated from political intervention. Furthermore, school teachers are prohibited or discouraged from participating in politics as political cadres. The data revealed that the different teachers’ unions need to work on behalf of teachers’ welfare rather than carry forward their political parties’ agendas and ideologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22
JournalEducation Policy Analysis Archives
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Nepal
  • job satisfaction
  • mathematics teaching
  • politics
  • professionalism
  • unions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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