Education and Solidarity Network

For teachers in Switzerland, work is not always health!

Romain Chave
September 13, 2017

The Union of French‑speaking Teachers (SER = Syndicat des enseignants romands) published the results of a survey on the health status of teachers done in collaboration with the Institut universitaire romand de Santé au Travail (Swiss-French University Institute of Occupational Health). This survey was conducted among 5,500 teachers.

A few findings from the survey:

  • 83.8% of the respondents confirm that teaching is a positive challenge,
  • Two‑thirds of the teachers find their job stressful,
  • More than one out of two teachers feel that they must ‘hold on’,
  • 60% of the teachers consider that their health deteriorates as the school year progresses,
  • On average, the participants believed that they have taught 10.8 days of class whereas they should have stayed home to get better,
  • 40.8% of the education professional cannot disconnect from their job.
  • The survey shows that the health status of teachers is lower than that of the Swiss population in general.

SER believes that it is evident that a vast supportive effort must be put into place in two specific areas: the working conditions and vertical support. More information available here.

 

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