Personnel transfers: experiences of Batswana teachers
PublisherPula: Botswana Journal of African Studies
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This article analyses the findings of a study conducted to investigate the effects of teacher transfers onfamily well-being. While much concern has been raised about the trauma of transfers on families, this is the first empirical study conducted to investigate these concerns. The primary aim of the study was therefore to understand the experiences of teachers affected by transfers. Data was collected using a survey questionnaire addressed to 361 transferred teachers in selected primary and secondary schools. In addition face-to-face indepth interviews were conducted with 20 couples. The findings suggest that transfers are a source of great strain when separate residences have to be maintained as a result of the transfer. In general couples experience enormous challenges in their marriages. They have difficulties parenting at a distance and are financially burdened due to maintaining two separate homes. The study provides much-needed literature on the impact of personnel transfers on families. It also offers policy makers and practitioners with a sound information base for the development of transfer policy that takes family needs into consideration.