Educator - Primary School

Primary school educators play a vital role in the development of young people. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world and can determine their later success or failure in school, work, and can affect their personal lives.

Primary school educators introduce children to mathematics, language, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, books, computers and other tools to teach basic skills. Educators at primary level generally teach all subjects and are generalist rather than specialist educators, as the primary curriculum is an integrated curriculum.

The work of primary school educators is challenging because each learner is different and often a learner will require individual support and encouragement. By the same token educators are required to enforce discipline in the classroom in order to create an environment conducive to learning. They should also be able to respond to evidence of child abuse and neglect and be able to cope with emergencies.

An educator’s day does not end when the final bell rings and a good deal of time out of school hours is spent preparing lessons as well as keeping up with new developments in specific subjects or in education as a whole. Primary school educators are required to do a fair amount of administrative work such as setting examination papers, marking answer sheets, marking homework, completion of registers and the drawing up of schedules and writing of reports.

They discuss their learners’ progress and concerns with parents at parent / educator interviews. They are also expected to plan and organise extracurricular activities such as sporting events, cultural activities, tours, camps and outings to places of interest.

The work can be very rewarding and educators are providing a valuable service to the community, which can be demanding and pressurised at times but equally rewarding at other times. It is possible for primary school educators to branch into more specialised areas such as remedial teaching, etc.


  • government schools

  • provincial schools

  • private schools

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work as a primary school teacher’s assistant or do voluntary work at a children’s home

  • try to obtain a position as a Sunday School teacher, camp leader or leader of a youth group

  • arrange to speak to primary school teachers about this type of career


Adventist University of Central Africa, Africa Research University, Africa University, Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie, Alliance International University, Bishop Stuart Universities, Botswana College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Busoga University, Catholic University of Eastern African, Centre for Creative Education, Chilambana University, Daystar University, Egerton University, Embu University College, Embury Institute for Teacher Education, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Gideon Roberts University, Great Zimbabwe University, Headstart Mercy Montessori Training Centre, Institute of Development Management, Kabarak University, Kaimosi Friends University College, Karatina University, KCA University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kibabii University, Kisii University, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kyambogo University, Laikipia University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mauritius Institute of Education, Meru University of Science and Technology, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, Mukuba University, Mulungushi University, Mzuzu University, North-West University, Nsaka University, Open University of Tanzania, Pwani University College, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, Scott Christian University, Solusi University, South Eastern Kenya University, St Paul's University, Texila American University, The Copperbelt University, The Eastern University, Trinity University, University of Botswana, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Education Winneba, University of Eldoret, University of Gitwe, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Kisubi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, University of Zambia, Varsity College, Zambian Open University, Zimbabwe Open University

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