oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The relationship between stress and personal circumstances of township secondary school educators

Volume 4 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The prevalence of stress among township secondary school educators is no longer in doubt. Because stress differs from person to person, educators also experience stress differently. The study investigated the relationship between the different personal circumstances of educators and stress. A questionnaire was developed and 368 educators from 36 township secondary schools, all from the Free State Province, participated in the study. It was found that the different personal circumstances such as gender, age, marital status, qualifications, fields/areas of specialisation, the number of periods and grades they teach per week, as well as the number of hours they spend on extra-curricular activities per week contributed differently to the stress situation of different educators. Although personal circumstances of township secondary school educators cannot be standardised, some recommendations are provided.

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