I’ve heard it all before.
“Where are all the male teachers?”
“If there were only more male teachers!”
“What these children need are positive male rolemodels.”
Don’t listen to them men. The reality does not fit the theory that male teachers would be welcomed into the profession with open arms. In fact, it’s worse than that. There is a prevailing stigma that our intentions are not the same, that our conduct isn’t as righteous and it is much harder for a male to gain the trust a female teacher gets.
I am not playing the victim here. I don’t want sympathy. I’m just advising any prospective male teachers to watch out.
Take this news article about male teachers below the age of 50 being purposely overlooked for teaching jobs in an all girls school. How are we supposed to react to this? And don’t argue that this is an isolated case. No, on the contrary, this kind of thing does happen all over the world.
Under the new policy, unveiled on July 13, teachers below the age of 50 (as on June 30, 2016) will not be eligible for transfer to any government secondary school for girls. The policy is applicable with effect from the academic session 2016-17.
Ram Bilas Sharma, the education minister of Haryana, has said teachers are to submit their choice of schools online for transfer from this academic session onwards. “Any teacher who has not completed 50 years as on June 30, should not opt for girls’ school. Even if any teacher opts for it, he would not be considered for transfer,” he said.
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