Pupil-teacher ratio, upper secondary - Country Ranking

Definition: Upper secondary school pupil-teacher ratio is the average number of pupils per teacher in upper 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 Eritrea 36.77 2013
2 Nigeria 35.86 2010
3 Nicaragua 34.71 2010
4 Bangladesh 33.24 2013
5 Kenya 32.31 2012
6 India 32.06 2013
7 Afghanistan 30.75 2007
8 El Salvador 29.09 2013
9 Liechtenstein 28.70 2011
10 Timor-Leste 28.63 2014
11 Vietnam 27.61 1998
12 Guinea 26.66 2011
13 Ecuador 26.24 2014
14 Burundi 26.21 2014
15 Cambodia 25.33 2007
16 Philippines 25.22 2009
17 Senegal 25.15 2004
18 Mauritania 24.38 2006
19 Yemen 24.17 2013
20 Mozambique 23.91 2013
21 Nepal 23.01 2014
22 Myanmar 22.74 2014
23 Rwanda 22.62 2009
24 Sierra Leone 22.51 2013
25 Solomon Islands 22.15 2010
26 Colombia 21.90 2014
27 Guyana 21.74 2012
28 Pakistan 21.67 2012
29 Peru 21.64 1999
30 Grenada 21.53 2003
31 São Tomé and Principe 21.46 2011
32 Chile 21.01 2013
33 Ethiopia 21.00 2012
34 Namibia 20.86 1999
35 Somalia 20.68 2007
36 Côte d'Ivoire 20.61 1999
37 Angola 20.51 2011
38 Oman 20.18 2009
39 Niger 20.12 2013
40 Dominican Republic 19.85 2014
41 Djibouti 19.74 2014
42 Turkey 19.60 2013
43 Mongolia 19.49 2006
44 Bolivia 19.41 2007
45 Jamaica 19.31 2002
46 Cameroon 19.26 2013
47 Madagascar 19.26 2014
48 Kiribati 19.01 2008
49 Lao PDR 18.87 2014
50 Ghana 18.70 2014
51 Iraq 18.69 2004
52 Iran 18.47 2014
53 Sri Lanka 18.16 2012
54 Uganda 18.01 2006
55 Morocco 17.89 2009
56 Thailand 17.83 2011
57 Chad 17.82 2012
58 Albania 17.65 2014
59 Malaysia 17.63 2004
60 Paraguay 17.61 2012
61 China 17.50 2013
62 Samoa 17.42 2014
63 Liberia 17.26 2014
64 Indonesia 16.85 2013
65 Congo 16.84 2012
66 Togo 16.21 2011
67 Algeria 16.16 1997
68 Burkina Faso 16.05 2009
69 Finland 15.99 2013
70 Mexico 15.84 2012
71 Brazil 15.74 2013
72 United Kingdom 15.63 2013
73 Cabo Verde 15.28 2014
74 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 15.09 2010
75 Singapore 14.91 2009
76 Romania 14.88 2013
77 Equatorial Guinea 14.87 2000
78 Vanuatu 14.82 2000
79 Belize 14.78 2013
80 Netherlands 14.76 2013
81 United States 14.68 2013
82 Korea 14.64 2014
83 Puerto Rico 14.59 2013
84 Palau 14.35 2000
85 Germany 14.34 2013
86 Costa Rica 14.29 2014
87 Andorra 13.99 2005
88 Panama 13.98 2013
89 New Zealand 13.92 2012
90 Uruguay 13.78 2010
91 Fiji 13.35 2012
92 Tonga 13.32 1999
93 Antigua and Barbuda 13.17 2012
94 Montenegro 13.13 2012
95 Seychelles 13.07 2003
96 Bulgaria 13.07 2014
97 Slovenia 12.99 2013
98 St. Lucia 12.90 2014
99 Macedonia 12.68 2012
100 Swaziland 12.55 2003
101 Iceland 12.45 2012
102 The Bahamas 12.25 2010
103 Canada 12.19 2011
104 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11.99 2014
105 Jordan 11.86 2008
106 Tunisia 11.83 2010
107 Macao SAR, China 11.80 2014
108 Czech Republic 11.79 2013
109 Italy 11.76 2013
110 Austria 11.64 2013
111 Spain 11.58 2012
112 Slovak Republic 11.51 2013
113 Saudi Arabia 11.42 2014
114 France 11.22 2013
115 Hungary 11.20 2013
116 Mali 10.83 2014
117 Switzerland 10.65 2012
118 Guinea-Bissau 10.61 2000
119 Bhutan 10.56 2014
120 Japan 10.51 2012
121 Tuvalu 10.44 2013
122 Guatemala 10.42 2014
123 Denmark 10.06 2001
124 Poland 9.92 2013
125 Cyprus 9.77 2014
126 United Arab Emirates 9.68 2009
127 Belgium 9.58 2013
128 Qatar 9.56 2014
129 Sweden 9.54 2012
130 Latvia 9.25 2013
131 Portugal 9.19 2013
132 Moldova 9.15 2014
133 Bahrain 9.00 2014
134 Serbia 8.99 2014
135 Cuba 8.88 2014
136 Lebanon 8.87 2013
137 Egypt 8.82 2010
138 Lithuania 8.81 2013
139 Brunei 8.70 2014
140 Israel 8.69 2009
141 Malta 8.66 2014
142 Syrian Arab Republic 8.47 2013
143 Tajikistan 8.44 2003
144 Estonia 8.26 2013
145 Belarus 8.25 2014
146 Suriname 8.10 2013
147 Argentina 8.03 2008
148 Dominica 7.93 2014
149 Monaco 7.93 2001
150 Benin 7.70 2014
151 Greece 7.68 2007
152 Honduras 7.40 2014
153 Georgia 7.31 2014
154 Norway 7.31 1997
155 Croatia 7.00 2012
156 Kuwait 6.77 2009
157 Venezuela 6.64 2014
158 Luxembourg 6.57 2012
159 Comoros 6.42 2013
160 St. Kitts and Nevis 6.14 2012
161 Libya 4.78 2006
162 Cayman Islands 4.60 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