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ERIC Number: EJ1147146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0256-0100
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Examining the Impact of HIV & AIDS on South African Educators
Louw, Julia; Shisana, Olive; Peltzer, Karl; Zungu, Nompumelelo
South African Journal of Education, v29 n2 p205-217 2009
Our aim in this study was to examine the impact of HIV & AIDS on South African educators. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in public schools combining HIV testing and a face-to-face interview with participants from a nationally representative sample of public educators. The results show that HIV is highly prevalent among South African public educators (12.7%) and the educators who are absent from school for longer periods (20 days or more) compared with those who are absent for less than four days have higher HIV prevalence (16.8% vs 11.95%). Educators also spend time away from teaching while they attend funerals for colleagues who have died (6.7%), for family members (13.4%) and for m embers of their communities (47.6%). This makes them feel depressed (71%). These results suggest that HIV & AIDS has an impact on the quality of education. There is a need to prevent new HIV infections and reduce morbidity through the implementation of comprehensive integrated prevention and treatment programmes targeted at educators. There is also a need to support educators in coping with the problem of HIV & AIDS at work and in the community.
Education Association of South Africa. University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of Resilience, Level 3, Groenkloof Student Centre, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, George Storrar Road and Lleyds Street, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-5798; Fax: +27-12-420-5511; Web site: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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