90% Aussie teachers bullied by colleagues

November 30th, 2007 - 6:04 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Nov30 (ANI): A recent survey in Australia unveiled that more than 90 per cent of teachers are bullied by their colleagues at the work place.

The teachers claimed that they are exposed to unmanageable workloads and ignored, frozen out or excluded from decision-making activities.

The survey disclosed that more than 80 per cent of teachers have had their integrity undermined and that their concerns about unfair treatment, harassment and bullying are dismissed.

The survey also revealed that one in every five teachers even had their car or office attacked, and a similar number complained about physical abuse or threats of violence.

Many teachers also claimed that they had been subjected to insults about their political or religious convictions.

The bullies included executive staff, colleagues, principals and parents.

The survey led by Dr Riley and Professor Deirdre Duncan from the Australian Catholic University included more than 800 teachers in government, Catholic and independent schools.

Dr Riley described the results as “frightening.”

“This is the first national electronic survey to seek the experiences of support staff, teachers, executives and principals in relation to staff bullying in both government and non-government schools,” news.com.au
quoted Dr Riley, as saying.

There’s an enormous amount of pressure on schools to do more and more with less and less and parents, with their rising expectations, are often prepared to challenge how things are done in schools,” he added.

The findings uncovered the facts saying that ninety-one per cent of teachers suffer mental or physical health problems due to unmanageable workloads.

Eighty-seven per cent said they had lost or gained responsibilities without consultation and eighty-three per cent said their concerns about unfair treatment, bullying and harassment had been dismissed.

They also complained that their superiors frequently questioned their decisions and judgments and set tasks with unreasonable or impossible targets and deadlines and attempted to belittle or undermine their work. (ANI)

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