|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to determine the induction problems of temporary
teachers in secondary schools in the Northern Cape Province. This aim was achieved
by firstly embarking upon a literature study on the nature of induction and secondly on
the induction problems of temporary teachers. Thirdly an empirical investigation was
conducted on the induction problems of temporary teachers. Finally, recommendations
were made through which temporary teachers' problems can be resolved.
Findings from the literature study indicate that the temporary teacher encounters
numerous induction problems that include administrative problems, problems with
teaching and learning, management problems, interpersonal and other problems.
Administrative problems include aspects such as late notice of a post, that no floor plan
is presented, that school rules and departmental regulations are not conveyed to the
temporary teacher, problems with internal administrative issues and a lack of an
information brochure. Problems with the learning and teaching situation relate to issues
such as poor lesson planning, a poor culture of learning and teaching as well as strikes
by teachers. Management problems relate to issues such as in service training,
classroom management, school environment, service contract, unfamiliarity with
management style and a lack of acknowledgement Interpersonal issues include
problems with collegial and learner relationships as well as problems with parent
teacher contact. Other problems include aspects such as personal problems, privacy,
versatility, future planning and continuity.
Findings based on the empirical study indicate that the respondents encounter less
(none too few) problems within the school as was reported in the literature study.
However, there are issues such as redeployment of teachers, service contract,
uncertainty about a teaching post, lack of parental involvement and a lack of writing and
textbooks which pose problems for the temporary teacher. These issues do not
lie within the sphere of the school itself but need the attention of the Department of
The recommendations of this study therefore emphasise the need for the Department
of Education to take an in depth look into the last mentioned factors that are causing
problems for temporary teachers. Furthermore it is to be recommended that temporary
teachers can be part of the induction programme of permanent teaching staff seeing
that their induction problems within the school are not of a serious nature.||en_US