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December 30, 2009

An increasing number of teachers are suffering from mental health problems

conference.jpegA record number of public school teachers took sick leave for mental health reasons in the 2008-2009 school year. There was a 20% increase over the previous year and the figure was eight higher than in 1979. The number of teachers taking leave for mental sickness far exceeded the number taking sick leave for physical reasons - 63% to 37%.

44% of the teachers with mental health problems were elementary school teachers, 30% junior high school teachers, and 16% senior high teachers. 73% of the teachers were in their 40s or 50s.

The Ministry of Education is considering how to help teachers deal with stress and help them adjust to changes in educational programs and in the demands made of them by parents and local communities.

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