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ERIC Number: EJ1113818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
How Old Is Old? Employing Elderly Teachers in the Private Sector Schools in Sri Lanka
Madhuwanthi, L. A. P.
International Journal of Higher Education, v5 n4 p27-40 2016
The purpose of this paper is to explore why private sector schools in Sri Lanka employ elderly teachers (ETs). This paper used semi-structured in-depth interviews with 9 employers/principals in the private sector schools in Sri Lanka. The study found that the reasons for employing ETs in the private sector schools were shortfall of English medium qualified teachers, lack of teachers with adequate pedagogical knowledge, high job attrition among the young teachers, competence of ETs, and special expertise contribution of ETs as administrators, mentors and the guardians of school culture. Further, financial constraints and reputational issues faced by particularly the new and small private sector schools caused to employ ETs. This paper indicated that employment opportunities available for ETs in the private sector schools and the implications for the school education in Sri Lanka.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka
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