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: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Ethiopia 43.91 2011
2 Afghanistan 43.90 2015
3 Mozambique 43.60 2013
4 Eritrea 40.34 2017
5 Mauritania 37.60 2018
6 Guinea 37.05 2011
7 Bangladesh 36.68 2017
8 Burundi 35.69 2018
9 Chad 35.43 2016
10 Niger 34.74 2017
11 Côte d'Ivoire 34.33 1999
12 Nepal 34.04 2017
13 Togo 33.93 2011
14 Nigeria 31.13 2010
15 Kenya 30.65 2015
16 Rwanda 30.32 2018
17 Djibouti 29.96 2019
18 Mali 29.73 2018
19 Nicaragua 29.33 2010
20 El Salvador 28.91 2017
21 Angola 28.66 2016
22 Myanmar 28.42 2017
23 Senegal 28.35 2018
24 Timor-Leste 26.95 2018
25 Yemen 26.76 2016
26 Colombia 26.41 2017
27 Nauru 26.39 2016
28 Fiji 26.24 2012
29 India 25.86 2017
30 Thailand 25.50 2015
31 Bolivia 24.39 1999
32 Philippines 24.18 2017
33 Cameroon 24.16 2016
34 Samoa 23.61 2010
35 Burkina Faso 23.12 2018
36 Ecuador 22.80 2017
37 Morocco 22.64 2018
38 Papua New Guinea 22.59 2016
39 Cambodia 21.87 2018
40 Peru 21.62 1999
41 Tajikistan 21.62 2003
42 Iran 21.33 2017
43 Zambia 21.13 2014
44 Singapore 21.11 1996
45 Mongolia 21.09 2007
46 Dominican Republic 21.07 2015
47 Barbados 20.47 2018
48 Madagascar 19.74 2018
49 Mexico 19.66 2017
50 Guyana 19.58 2012
51 Congo 19.51 2012
52 Jamaica 19.37 2002
53 The Gambia 19.34 2018
54 Eswatini 19.32 2003
55 Puerto Rico 19.26 2016
56 São Tomé and Principe 19.20 2017
57 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 19.13 2015
58 Paraguay 19.10 2012
59 Canada 19.03 1996
60 Iraq 18.84 2004
61 Honduras 18.67 2017
62 Vanuatu 18.37 2015
63 Chile 18.32 2017
64 Somalia 17.89 2007
65 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 17.85 2010
66 Algeria 17.80 1997
67 Hong Kong SAR, China 17.76 2005
68 Brazil 17.56 2017
69 Vietnam 17.55 2018
70 United Kingdom 17.35 2017
71 Lao PDR 17.33 2018
72 Belize 17.31 2018
73 Malaysia 17.17 2004
74 Guinea-Bissau 17.13 2000
75 Turkey 17.12 2017
76 Sri Lanka 17.08 2017
77 Egypt 16.77 2018
78 Pakistan 16.74 2018
79 Syrian Arab Republic 16.64 1996
80 Equatorial Guinea 16.34 2015
81 Argentina 16.31 2008
82 Solomon Islands 16.23 2017
83 Palau 15.90 2000
84 Cabo Verde 15.69 2018
85 Sierra Leone 15.58 2018
86 Indonesia 15.42 2018
87 Israel 15.12 2016
88 New Zealand 15.02 2017
89 Kiribati 14.94 2017
90 France 14.68 2013
91 Panama 14.66 2017
92 Liberia 14.61 2017
93 Jordan 14.55 2018
94 United States 14.55 2017
95 Tonga 14.52 2015
96 Suriname 14.22 2018
97 Seychelles 14.01 1999
98 Dominica 13.97 2014
99 Netherlands 13.82 2017
100 Tunisia 13.63 2018
101 United Arab Emirates 13.58 2016
102 Korea 13.56 2017
103 Trinidad and Tobago 13.50 2009
104 Ghana 13.38 2018
105 The Bahamas 13.11 2016
106 Bulgaria 12.93 2016
107 Bhutan 12.63 2018
108 Costa Rica 12.52 2018
109 Guatemala 12.35 2018
110 China 12.33 2018
111 Japan 12.28 2017
112 Armenia 12.03 2018
113 Spain 11.88 2017
114 Grenada 11.78 2017
115 Qatar 11.66 2018
116 Cayman Islands 11.57 2018
117 Bahrain 11.31 2018
118 Czech Republic 11.27 2013
119 Sweden 11.26 2017
120 St. Lucia 11.25 2018
121 South Africa 11.16 2010
122 Romania 11.16 2016
123 Germany 11.09 2017
124 Benin 11.02 2014
125 Slovak Republic 10.89 2017
125 Antigua and Barbuda 10.89 2012
127 Saudi Arabia 10.56 2014
128 Cyprus 10.52 2015
129 Oman 10.37 2018
130 Macao SAR, China 10.35 2018
131 Italy 10.18 2017
132 Denmark 10.15 2014
133 Uruguay 10.14 2010
134 Luxembourg 10.14 2016
135 St. Kitts and Nevis 9.98 2012
136 Iceland 9.88 2015
137 Albania 9.88 2018
138 Moldova 9.77 2018
139 Hungary 9.72 2016
140 Cuba 9.71 2018
141 Brunei 9.57 2018
142 Portugal 9.54 2017
143 Finland 8.93 2017
144 Belgium 8.69 2017
145 Estonia 8.64 2017
146 Poland 8.64 2017
147 Uzbekistan 8.50 2018
148 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.49 2018
149 Switzerland 8.42 2017
150 Belarus 8.42 2018
151 Georgia 8.28 2018
152 North Macedonia 8.16 2015
153 Kuwait 8.07 2012
154 Norway 7.97 2017
155 Tuvalu 7.87 2018
156 Greece 7.80 2017
157 Serbia 7.80 2018
158 Austria 7.73 2017
159 Croatia 7.56 2016
160 Lithuania 7.45 2017
161 Lebanon 7.40 2016
162 Latvia 7.35 2016
163 Monaco 7.29 2019
164 Andorra 7.26 2012
165 Azerbaijan 6.99 2018
166 Malta 6.71 2016
167 San Marino 6.28 2018
168 Comoros 6.04 2017
169 Slovenia 5.91 2016
170 Liechtenstein 5.63 2016

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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.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

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