Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC, 2005. 178 p.
Authors: 
Simbayi, Leickness
Skinner, Donald
Letlape, Lebogang
Zuma, Khangelani
Organizations: 
Education Labour Relations Council
Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC
Medical Research Council
Collection: 
Factors determining educator supply and demand in South African public schools
ISBN: 
0-7969-2112-1
Description: 
Policy governs many aspects of the professional lives of educators. It is also central to their and the sector's response to crises such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As such policy can contribute directly to curtailing the attrition of educators, by encouraging and providing protection against threats such as HIV/AIDS, and by creating a positive and supportive working environment. This study examines workplace and HIV/AIDS policies from the Department of Education (DoE) and the HIV/AIDS policies of two trade unions, as part of a broader study looking at the attrition of educators. The policies themselves were found to be well written and if implemented, would create a good environment for educators. A number of successes were noted, particularly in terms of the transformation of education structures. The findings suggest that problems are centered on a lack of policy implementation, resulting from disjunctures between the national office and provincial and district offices, as well as a lack of resources and inadequate planning and preparation for implementation.
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