Hyderabad: There’s no glass ceiling, at least in the teaching profession as lady teachers currently rule the roost in the twin cities.
Teaching in private schools seems to be the least preferred job for men if one goes by the male-female ratio in most of the leading private schools. Male teaching staff do not even exceed 10 to 15 per cent in majority of the institutions here.
For example, there are very few male teachers at Delhi Public School, Nacharam. Mr Toom Bheem Sen, one of the promoters of the school, told this newspaper that finding qualified male teachers had become a herculean task.
“Not many are available even if we want to recruit. Nacharam school has a strength of nearly 150, out of which the male teaching staff makes up five to 10 per cent,” he added.
And leading missionary schools in the twin cities including Little Flower, All-Saints, St. Paul’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Alphonso and Don Bosco are no different. According to Bro. Show Reddy, president of Missionary Schools in Hyderabad, this diminishing trend is due to various reasons.
“Firstly, men are opting for alternative careers instead of teaching. Others are only aiming for teaching jobs at government schools, where there are regular promotions besides a lesser workload. Some male candidates approach us for jobs, but most of them lack soft skills or do just do not show interest in teaching primary sections,” he said.
Ms Usha Reddy, Meridian Schools’ CEO and ex-chairperson of Hyderabad Sahodoya, a forum consisting of nearly 150 CBSE schools in Hyderabad, said male teachers were not showing interest in handling classes up to the eight standard.
“You hardly find male teachers handling pre-primary or primary sections. The situation is little better when it comes to 9th and 10th standards and plus-two levels, where the ratio is nearly 50:50.”
Opportunities abound abroad for qualified Indian teachers
Plenty of opportunities await qualified Indian teachers in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Dubai as well as in Ethiopia and Libya in Africa.
Salary packages range from Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 per month, exclusive of allowances. In few countries, teachers are also allowed to take tuitions, which fetch them almost the same amount as the pay itself, said Global Placements, Somajiguda CEO Mr S. Srinivasan.
While some countries insist on PG degrees, others take on candidates even with a degree or B.Ed study, he said.
Representatives of the schools visit the city and conduct interviews of candidates. There is also a huge demand for Indian teachers with good track records. The only challenge is going to a different country and getting adjusted to people, culture and conditions there, Srinivasan said.
Teachers trained in foreign languages like German, French and Spanish are also in huge demand, with several private and international schools queuing up to recruit them every year.