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Need for male teachers in Foundation Phase explored in PhD research

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Dr Shaaista Moosa graduates with her PhD in Education from UKZN.
Dr Shaaista Moosa graduates with her PhD in Education from UKZN.

Dr Shaaista Moosa graduated with a PhD in Education. Her research explored the need for male teachers within the Foundation Phase (FP) of schooling. She identified that in South Africa there was an underrepresentation of men as teachers of young children in FP schooling.

‘The country experiences many social difficulties which are often created, sustained and worsened by men, for example high levels of male violence, rape, HIV infection and father absence.

She believes that the participation of men within the FP of teaching as a step towards creating alternate, more caring and non-violent forms of masculinity in South Africa.