Trained teachers in primary education (% of total teachers) - Country Ranking

Definition: Trained teachers in primary education are the percentage of primary school teachers who have received the minimum organized teacher training (pre-service or in-service) required for teaching in a given country.

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Uruguay 100.00 2014
1 Kazakhstan 100.00 2016
1 Cambodia 100.00 2015
1 United Arab Emirates 100.00 2015
1 Algeria 100.00 2015
1 Iraq 100.00 2004
1 Mauritius 100.00 2015
1 Tajikistan 100.00 2016
1 Tunisia 100.00 2015
1 Gabon 100.00 2003
1 Croatia 100.00 2003
1 Barbados 100.00 2014
1 Djibouti 100.00 2015
1 Thailand 100.00 2015
1 Cuba 100.00 2015
1 Morocco 100.00 2015
1 Saudi Arabia 100.00 2015
1 Iran 100.00 2015
1 Moldova 100.00 2015
1 Côte d'Ivoire 100.00 2015
1 Jordan 100.00 2014
1 Fiji 100.00 2012
1 Andorra 100.00 2015
1 Burundi 100.00 2015
1 Mongolia 100.00 2014
1 Philippines 100.00 2013
1 Bhutan 100.00 2016
1 Papua New Guinea 100.00 2012
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2011
30 Malaysia 99.93 2015
31 Ukraine 99.89 2012
32 Oman 99.81 2001
33 Vietnam 99.61 2015
34 Myanmar 99.55 2014
35 Belarus 99.39 2015
36 Azerbaijan 99.28 2015
37 Tanzania 98.99 2013
38 Botswana 98.64 2013
39 Lao PDR 98.43 2015
40 Colombia 98.23 2014
41 Tonga 97.06 2014
42 Nepal 97.01 2016
43 Lebanon 96.99 2014
44 Kenya 96.95 2009
45 Peru 96.74 2015
46 Namibia 96.39 2010
47 Hong Kong SAR, China 96.17 2015
48 Macao SAR, China 96.17 2015
49 Cabo Verde 96.02 2014
50 El Salvador 95.61 2015
51 Mexico 95.59 2010
52 Dem. Rep. Congo 94.62 2014
53 Georgia 94.59 2009
54 Singapore 94.35 2009
55 Puerto Rico 94.00 2014
56 Rwanda 93.92 2015
57 Costa Rica 93.91 2015
58 Jamaica 93.38 2015
59 Mozambique 93.24 2015
60 The Gambia 93.01 2016
61 Zambia 92.66 2012
62 Paraguay 92.08 2012
63 The Bahamas 91.55 2010
64 Mauritania 91.22 2014
65 Malawi 90.81 2013
66 Uganda 89.42 2011
67 Syrian Arab Republic 88.39 2002
68 Cayman Islands 88.12 2013
69 Trinidad and Tobago 88.00 2009
70 Honduras 87.21 2004
71 Zimbabwe 85.86 2013
72 Kiribati 85.43 2008
73 Burkina Faso 85.42 2015
74 Dominican Republic 85.05 2012
75 Ethiopia 84.61 2009
76 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 84.28 2015
77 Seychelles 83.64 2015
78 Panama 83.19 2014
79 Bahrain 82.48 2015
80 Pakistan 82.47 2015
81 Brunei 82.32 2015
82 Swaziland 81.65 2014
83 Ecuador 81.22 2016
84 Congo 80.32 2012
85 Lesotho 79.16 2015
86 Kuwait 78.93 2015
87 St. Lucia 78.78 2014
88 South Africa 77.92 2002
89 Armenia 77.46 2005
90 India 77.25 2014
91 Comoros 75.06 2013
92 Guinea 75.00 2014
93 Nicaragua 74.86 2010
94 Nauru 74.19 2007
95 Togo 73.33 2015
96 Egypt 72.70 2014
97 Kyrgyz Republic 71.97 2012
98 St. Kitts and Nevis 71.82 2015
99 Sri Lanka 71.31 2015
100 Guyana 69.65 2012
101 Benin 69.10 2015
102 Senegal 68.34 2015
103 Belize 67.50 2015
104 Nigeria 66.15 2010
105 Antigua and Barbuda 65.29 2015
106 Chad 64.98 2013
107 Dominica 64.50 2015
108 Grenada 63.59 2015
109 Eritrea 61.14 2015
110 Solomon Islands 59.20 2015
111 Cameroon 58.07 2015
112 Central African Republic 57.92 2012
113 Bolivia 57.56 2015
114 Ghana 56.04 2016
115 Serbia 55.73 2012
116 Niger 55.52 2015
117 Mali 52.42 2011
118 Qatar 48.89 2009
119 Bangladesh 47.58 2015
120 Angola 47.49 2011
121 Liberia 46.98 2015
122 Guinea-Bissau 38.93 2010
123 Equatorial Guinea 37.23 2015
124 Palau 33.67 2016
125 São Tomé and Principe 31.10 2016
126 Sierra Leone 29.33 2015
127 Vanuatu 27.94 2015
128 Madagascar 15.07 2015
129 Suriname 5.76 2015

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Development Relevance: Trained teachers refer to teaching force with the necessary pedagogical skills to teach and use teaching materials in an effective manner. The share of trained teachers reveals a country's commitment to investing in the development of its human capital engaged in teaching. Teachers are important resource, especially for children who are the first-generation of receiving education in their families and heavily rely on teachers in acquiring basic literacy skills. However, rapid increase in enrollments may cause the shortage of trained teachers. Education finance is a key for appropriate teacher allocations, since teacher salaries account for a large share of education budgets. The shortage of trained teacher may result in low qualified teachers in more disadvantaged area.

Limitations and Exceptions: This indicator does not take into account differences in teachers' experiences and status, teaching methods, teaching materials, and classroom conditions - all factors that affect the quality of teaching and learning. Some teachers without formal training may have acquired equivalent pedagogical skills through professional experience. In addition, national standards regarding teacher qualifications and pedagogical skills may vary.

Other Notes: Each economy is classified based on the classification of World Bank Group's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Share of trained teachers is calculated by dividing the number of trained teachers of the specified level of education by total number of teachers at the same level of education, and multiplying by 100. 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