The purpose of this study was to explore the
process when public school teachers early retire.
Multiple case holistic design was utilized to determine
various factors or considerations that influenced their
decision to early retirement and their assessment of life
after retirement. The researcher chose five early retired
public school teachers from the General Santos City
Division, who were below 60 years old upon retirement
and had at least 15 years in service of teaching, were
picked to undergo the in-depth interview using the
approved questionnaire. For triangulation, people who
knew the informants were carefully interviewed.
Participants were made to sign informed consents with
the assurance of anonymity and confidentiality. The data
gathered was transcribed, translated and coded to
produce themes. The study revealed meaningful themes
like work environment, professional relationships,
financial resources, health status, work satisfaction, selfreflection, and support groups. As to their assessment of
life after retirement, the themes generated were having
new opportunities, new experiences, and new
realizations. The findings implied that we have nothing
to do with the teachers’ personal decision; it was their
own rights although the government could have offered
something that would make the teachers not to retire
early and embark on ways that would encourage them to
teach or stay until their retirement.
Educational Management, Public School Teachers, Early Retirement, After Retirement, Philippines.