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Fair Trade for Teachers

Transferability of Teacher Qualifications in the Commonwealth

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International teacher migration poses a wide range of challenges to the recognition and transferability of teacher qualifications across borders. Of primary concern is ensuring that highly trained teachers are able to move freely between countries without their professional qualifications and skills being discounted.



This study aims to enhance recognition of teacher qualifications across borders and between the member countries of the Commonwealth. The comparability table developed for the study enables clear analysis of primary and secondary teacher qualifications offered in 35 Commonwealth countries, in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Country-by-country comparability tables are included as an annex to the study, and are also available separately (Commonwealth Teacher Qualifications Comparability Table; February 2010; 80pp; £10.00; ISBN 978-1-84929-015-9).



The study was prepared for the Commonwealth Secretariat by the South African Qualifications Authority.



Please note that Fair Trade for Teachers includes a copy of the Commonwealth Teacher Qualifications Comparability Table as an insert in the back pocket of the main book.

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Concluding Comments

This final section of the report offers a few brief reflections on the research process in an attempt to contribute to the ongoing development of new technologies that can be used to increase the transparency of qualifications beyond those that were possible within the limitations of this study.

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