An investigation on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the educators at King Williams Town schools – Eastern Cape, South Africa

Zisongile-Dekeda, Nosiphiwo (2009-03)

Thesis (M.Phil. (Industrial Psychology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine and describe the impact of HIV/AIDS on school based educators in the King Williams Town Education District in order to recommend intervention strategies to be implemented by the Education District department on HIV/AIDS management among educators at schools. It aimed at drawing the attention of the district management of the added responsibility they have - that of taking into consideration sick teachers and make interventions to assist the schools. The non-experimental quantitative research design i.e survey was used. Questionnaires and interviews were used to gather data to make conclusions. The results showed that intervention by the top management, their involvement in HIV/AIDS reduction programs and support are minimal and contribute to the poor performance by teachers and learners and need to be improved. Recommendations on how the impact on educators can be reduced were made. It was recommended that the senior management should play a leading role in the intervention programs and activities. This research is relevant to King William's Town because policies and resources need to be reviewed, renewed and redirected to increase opportunities for teachers to contribute their expertise, understanding and activity to sustain the country's economy through education.

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