Pupil-teacher ratio, lower secondary - Country Ranking

Definition: Lower secondary school pupil-teacher ratio is the average number of pupils per teacher in lower secondary school.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Mauritania 56.59 2013
2 Kenya 56.57 2012
3 Zambia 47.95 2013
4 El Salvador 45.61 2013
5 Afghanistan 45.04 2013
6 Ethiopia 43.35 2012
7 Burundi 42.51 2014
8 Chad 41.55 2012
9 Eritrea 39.83 2013
10 Philippines 38.96 2009
11 Guinea 37.05 2011
12 Bangladesh 36.87 2013
13 Myanmar 35.72 2014
14 Nepal 35.40 2014
15 Senegal 34.79 2008
16 Côte d'Ivoire 34.33 1999
17 Togo 33.93 2011
18 Mozambique 33.89 2013
19 Angola 33.27 2011
20 Solomon Islands 32.87 2010
21 Niger 32.75 2013
22 Nigeria 31.13 2010
23 Burkina Faso 30.02 2009
24 India 29.77 2013
25 Mali 29.54 2014
26 Nicaragua 29.33 2010
27 Djibouti 28.52 2014
28 The Gambia 27.71 2014
29 Colombia 26.28 2014
30 Fiji 26.24 2012
31 Tuvalu 25.26 2001
32 Timor-Leste 25.25 2011
33 Namibia 24.64 1999
34 Madagascar 24.58 2014
35 Dominican Republic 24.47 2014
36 Equatorial Guinea 24.34 2001
37 Samoa 23.61 2010
38 São Tomé and Principe 23.18 2012
39 Rwanda 22.60 2009
40 Peru 21.62 1999
41 Tajikistan 21.62 2003
42 Mongolia 21.09 2007
43 Chile 20.99 2013
44 Thailand 20.88 2012
45 Turkey 20.64 2013
46 Jordan 19.93 2003
47 Morocco 19.93 2004
48 Sierra Leone 19.84 2013
49 Cambodia 19.80 2014
50 Cameroon 19.74 2013
51 Guyana 19.58 2012
52 Congo 19.51 2012
53 Jamaica 19.37 2002
54 Swaziland 19.32 2003
55 Paraguay 19.10 2012
56 Canada 19.03 1996
57 Uganda 19.01 2006
58 Mexico 19.01 2012
59 Iraq 18.84 2004
60 Brazil 18.45 2013
61 Belize 18.39 2013
62 Kiribati 18.01 2014
63 Lao PDR 17.99 2014
64 Somalia 17.89 2007
65 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 17.85 2010
66 Algeria 17.80 1997
67 Vanuatu 17.78 2013
68 Hong Kong SAR, China 17.76 2005
69 Pakistan 17.71 2014
70 Malaysia 17.17 2004
71 Guinea-Bissau 17.13 2000
72 Korea 16.78 2014
73 Egypt 16.76 2013
74 Syrian Arab Republic 16.64 1996
75 Panama 16.62 2013
76 Cabo Verde 16.61 2014
77 Bhutan 16.58 2014
78 Bolivia 16.54 2007
79 Sri Lanka 16.51 2012
80 United Kingdom 16.29 2013
81 Iran 16.06 2014
82 Oman 15.74 2003
83 Vietnam 15.62 2014
84 Tonga 15.27 1999
85 Tunisia 15.15 2010
86 Ecuador 15.14 2014
87 Monaco 15.05 2001
88 Singapore 14.92 2009
89 New Zealand 14.85 2012
90 United States 14.71 2013
91 France 14.68 2013
92 Dominica 14.66 2011
93 Ghana 14.60 2014
94 Costa Rica 14.40 2014
95 Indonesia 14.39 2013
96 Guatemala 14.25 2014
97 United Arab Emirates 14.15 2010
98 Seychelles 14.13 2003
99 Argentina 14.10 2008
100 Liberia 13.76 2014
101 Netherlands 13.55 2013
102 Trinidad and Tobago 13.50 2009
103 Bulgaria 13.43 2014
104 China 13.42 2013
105 Suriname 12.98 2014
106 Japan 12.96 2013
107 Grenada 12.91 2005
108 St. Lucia 12.67 2014
109 Macao SAR, China 12.67 2014
110 Albania 12.33 2014
111 The Bahamas 12.01 2010
112 Germany 11.76 2013
113 Puerto Rico 11.69 2013
114 Israel 11.33 2009
115 Czech Republic 11.27 2013
116 Spain 11.21 2012
117 Romania 11.20 2013
118 Yemen 11.09 2011
119 Benin 11.02 2014
120 Slovak Republic 11.00 2013
121 Antigua and Barbuda 10.89 2012
122 Bahrain 10.85 2014
123 Italy 10.84 2013
124 Qatar 10.76 2014
125 Comoros 10.74 2013
126 Saudi Arabia 10.56 2014
127 Portugal 10.44 2013
128 Brunei 10.35 2014
129 Uruguay 10.14 2010
130 Denmark 10.04 2001
131 Luxembourg 10.01 2012
132 St. Kitts and Nevis 9.98 2012
133 Hungary 9.68 2013
134 Cyprus 9.67 2014
135 Honduras 9.53 2014
136 Sweden 9.50 2012
137 Moldova 9.49 2014
138 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.47 2014
139 Belgium 9.23 2013
140 Poland 9.07 2013
141 Finland 9.03 2013
142 Macedonia 8.93 2012
143 Cuba 8.89 2014
144 Venezuela 8.77 2014
145 Croatia 8.74 2012
146 Norway 8.53 2013
147 Serbia 8.34 2014
148 Switzerland 8.18 2012
149 Austria 8.16 2013
150 Greece 8.09 2007
151 Kuwait 8.07 2012
152 Belarus 7.97 2014
153 Estonia 7.91 2013
154 Palau 7.91 2013
155 Lithuania 7.82 2013
156 Lebanon 7.76 2013
157 Latvia 7.38 2013
158 Slovenia 7.28 2013
159 Andorra 7.26 2012
160 Georgia 7.19 2014
161 Malta 6.92 2014
162 San Marino 6.34 2004
163 Cayman Islands 6.01 2012
164 Liechtenstein 5.36 2012

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Development Relevance: The pupil-teacher ratio is often used to compare the quality of schooling across countries, but it is often weakly related to student learning and quality of education.

Limitations and Exceptions: The comparability of pupil-teacher ratios across countries is affected by the definition of teachers and by differences in class size by grade and in the number of hours taught, as well as the different practices countries employ such as part-time teachers, school shifts, and multi-grade classes. Moreover, the underlying enrollment levels are subject to a variety of reporting errors.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Pupil-teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the number of students at the specified level of education by the number of teachers at the same level of education. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual