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‘Teacher Job Satisfaction’ and ‘Intention to Leave the Profession’: Does Age Matter?

Faustine Bwire Masath*

Abstract

This study explored issues on job satisfaction among secondary school teachers on one hand and intention to leave the profession in relation to varying age-groups.

A Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) and Intention to Leave Scale was administered to 400 teachers from Musoma municipality in July-August, 2013. A total of 340 respondents (a response rate of 85%) returned the questionnaires which were used for analysis.

Teachers aged 25-40 years indicated low level of satisfaction and higher intention to leave the profession compared to teachers aged 40-60+ years. Respondents also indicated the lack of freedom to perform their duties, utilization of their skills, and the way they get along with other co-workers as contributing to their job dissatisfaction. The study results provide a picture on how teachers vary in their satisfaction with the job and suggest for a counter strategy to enhance their job satisfaction with respect to age variations.

Keywords

job satisfaction, teacher profession, age, Tanzania

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