Major Causes of Teachers' Turnover in Selected Government and Private Secondary Schools in Addis Ababa: A Comp Ara Tive Study

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Addis Ababa University


The main purpose of this study was to investigate factors that cause teachers' turnover in government and private secondary schools in Addis Ababa city administration in a comparative manner. To conduct this comparative study, a descriptive survey research method wos employed to explore and describe the major causes of teachers' turnover in the selected government and private secondary schools. The data for the study was collected from 56 exteachers and 253 currently working teachers of 12 sampled schaols (6 government and 6 private schools) in Addis Ababa city administratian. In additian 12 directors of the sampled schools were also included in the study. The respondents were included in the study by employing availability sampling to select ex-teachers and purposive sampling to include the directors, Proportional stratified, stroti/ied random and simple random sampling technique were used to select currently working teachers. Questionnaire was used to gather information on causes of teachers' turnover and interview was also employed to complement the information obtained through Questionnaire. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to analyze the data. The results of the data analysis showed that inadequate salary that teachers get, poor working condition of the school, administrative problems, student character and disciplinary problems, low social status accorded to teachers by the society, teachers' lack of initial preference to teaching profession and lack of opportunity for further educotion were the major factors that aggravate the turnover of teachers both in government and private schools. in view of this, important recommendations were made to mitigate the problems.



Teachers' Turnover in Selected Government