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Why Our Schools Are Facing A 'Man Drought'

Low salaries, a lack of respect for the profession and the perception it was a woman’s job are some of the reasons why men are reluctant to get into primary teaching.

Australian Catholic University school of education head Matthew Zbaracki told PerthNow that scholarships offered to men could help shore-up the gender imbalance.

ABS figures show that as few as one in five Australian primary school teachers has been male - and it’s been that way for almost 30 years.

Lise brought this up on Monday as, before pursuing a career in radio, Paul was a teacher.

“Did you work with a lot of male teachers?” she asked.

“No,” Paul said emphatically. “At every primary school I worked at, I was either the only male teacher or I was the only classroom male teacher and quite often the PE teacher would end up being a bloke”

There was another problem that the article didn’t address, and that was how this imbalance affected the school on a practical level when there was an issue with a male child.

“You know, you have a school that’s pretty much 50/50 in terms of boy and girl students, but if anything went down with a boy student, either me or the PE teacher would have to deal with it."

That if a Year 1 boy had a personal issue that needed attention, such a toileting accident, either he or the male PE teacher was brought in to deal with it, even though they didn’t teach Year 1.

Paul also talked about the pay, and whether there was any truth to the perception that teaching was more of a ‘woman’s job’.

Check out the video up top.

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