It is disheartening to learn that such efforts do not always yield the intended

It is disheartening to learn that such efforts do not

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efforts to invest in their education. It is disheartening to learn that such efforts do not always yield the intended results. The South African education system is in crisis. This is attested by Modisaotsile (2012), who affirms that there are many indications, such as high enrolment rates and increasingly poor grade 12 output each year. Long-serving teachers also derived high levels of satisfaction when working collaboratively with colleagues and achieving personal professional growth. Teachers being interviewed also confirmed earlier findings that salary, short working hours and holidays were not high in their satisfaction list. According to the teachersí opinions, these were merely associated benefits that made the profession more attractive. All teachers interviewed revealed that their primary source of satisfaction was the children themselves. Many recounted different experiences of ëmiraclesí, which they performed while taking care of their students. These findings confirm the results obtained by Bucknell and Thomas (1996); Muguongo et al. (2015); Wambugu and Busienei (2015); Afshar and Doosti (2016), Mtyuda and Okeke (2016) who contended that satisfaction through working with children, forming relationships with them, having the opportunity to contribute to the growth and achievement of young individuals may be common internationally, regardless of the country and context. The emotional rewards of teaching affect what teachers teach, the way it is taught and the modalities and curricular adaptations, which they undergo in order to make sure that all students under their care are benefiting from the teaching they are providing. Many teachers spoke about ìloving their childrenî, ìgoing out of their way to help themî and ìestablishing a warm and safe environment in their classroomsî. From the interviews, it became clear that long-serving teachers have successfully attempted to develop warm and lasting emotional relationships with students and their parents although some of the parents were not as co-operative as they were not staying with their children throughout the year. Such relationships are so inherent in this work that ì... separating myself from such experiences is almost impossible î (participantís statement from FG2). An area from which teachers appear to derive a sense of self-fulfilment and satis- faction is their contribution to the society. They highlighted the importance of being able to guide students in their life choices and thus effectively contributing to the society. Most teachers emphasised their commitment to the society as an important precept towards their general job satisfaction despite the negative effect that social problems had on their work and the ìlack of respect for teachers nowadaysî. Most teachers felt proud that some of their past students were teachers themselves and that they followed in their own footsteps. In this regard, Warren (2003) claims that what seems to happen to people externally is not as important as their internal emotions. The effect of those internal emotions and thoughts is the most important motivator. People tend to be
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