Work related stress : teachers' experiences at one primary in Lesotho.
Stress has been a concern all over the world. The study of teacher stress is not a new area of research. However, most of the research studies have been oriented around secondary and high school teachers. Teaching in primary schools differs from secondary and high schools. Therefore, their experiences differ. This project has been conducted with the purpose of investigating teachers' experiences of stress in a primary school and what they think the school is doing to help them cope if it does. The study was conducted in one primary school in Lesotho which was selected because of its accessibility to me as I was a teacher in this school. Twelve teachers were interviewed as participants. The case study methodology based on semi-structured interviews and observations were employed. These methods were used to help me gain understanding of the teachers' experiences of stress and for the validation of the data. Ethical issues were considered in this study as permission was requested from the authorities and informed consent letters for the participants were also sought. Pseudonyms were used for confidentiality. The interview questions were formulated in themes. As a result, data presentation and findings was done in accordance to those themes. The findings of this study revealed that teachers' experiences of stress are: teachers' interaction with the principal; teacher-learner relationships, inadequate resources; workload; role demand.