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Motivating Factors

Teacher motivation factors are especially important in crisis and post-crisis situations where teachers may be paid only a basic “incentive.” Or they may receive minimal compensation from the community through school fees or other in-kind contributions. If teachers are on the government payroll, fragile or post-crisis governments rarely have resources to compensate teachers fully for their work. Nor do they have the systems to ensure that teachers‘ salaries reach them on time and without the involvement of middlemen.

Even when teachers feel fortunate to receive their small compensation, there may be other factors within the school working to negatively impact teacher motivation. These may also cause teachers to perform poorly and even to leave the profession. Some potential discouraging factors may include:

  • lack of experience

  • low compensation

  • difficult life circumstances

  • apprehesion about meeting the immense needs of children and youth