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 53.23 2015
2 Zambia 47.95 2013
3 Ethiopia 43.91 2011
4 Afghanistan 43.90 2015
5 Mozambique 43.60 2013
6 Chad 41.55 2012
7 Eritrea 41.27 2015
8 Burundi 41.04 2015
9 Philippines 38.96 2009
10 Guinea 37.05 2011
11 Bangladesh 36.87 2013
12 Myanmar 35.72 2014
13 Nepal 34.95 2016
14 Senegal 34.79 2008
15 Côte d'Ivoire 34.33 1999
16 Togo 33.93 2011
17 Niger 33.38 2015
18 Angola 33.27 2011
19 El Salvador 32.45 2015
20 Nigeria 31.13 2010
21 Kenya 30.65 2015
22 India 30.45 2015
23 Burkina Faso 30.02 2009
24 Papua New Guinea 29.97 2012
25 Nicaragua 29.33 2010
26 Djibouti 28.88 2016
27 Mali 28.69 2015
28 Nauru 28.61 2014
29 The Gambia 26.95 2016
30 Colombia 26.30 2015
31 Fiji 26.24 2012
32 Thailand 25.50 2015
33 Tuvalu 25.26 2001
34 Timor-Leste 25.25 2011
35 Cameroon 25.02 2015
36 Namibia 24.64 1999
37 Madagascar 24.58 2014
38 Bolivia 24.39 1999
39 São Tomé and Principe 24.25 2016
40 Ecuador 23.77 2016
41 Samoa 23.61 2010
42 Rwanda 22.60 2009
43 Peru 21.62 1999
44 Tajikistan 21.62 2003
45 Mongolia 21.09 2007
46 Dominican Republic 21.07 2015
47 Chile 20.99 2013
48 Puerto Rico 20.42 2014
49 Cambodia 19.96 2015
50 Morocco 19.93 2004
51 Mexico 19.59 2014
52 Guyana 19.58 2012
53 Turkey 19.51 2014
54 Congo 19.51 2012
55 Jamaica 19.37 2002
56 Swaziland 19.32 2003
57 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 19.13 2015
58 Paraguay 19.10 2012
59 Canada 19.03 1996
60 Jordan 18.85 2014
61 Solomon Islands 18.84 2015
62 Iraq 18.84 2004
63 Honduras 18.50 2015
64 Lao PDR 18.49 2015
65 Vanuatu 18.37 2015
66 Kiribati 18.01 2014
67 Somalia 17.89 2007
68 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 17.85 2010
69 Algeria 17.80 1997
70 Brazil 17.77 2014
71 Hong Kong SAR, China 17.76 2005
72 Pakistan 17.29 2015
73 Sri Lanka 17.26 2015
74 Malaysia 17.17 2004
75 Guinea-Bissau 17.13 2000
76 Belize 16.79 2015
77 Syrian Arab Republic 16.64 1996
78 Cabo Verde 16.61 2014
79 Egypt 16.56 2014
80 United Arab Emirates 16.55 2015
81 Equatorial Guinea 16.34 2015
82 Vietnam 16.31 2015
83 Liberia 16.31 2015
84 Argentina 16.31 2008
85 Israel 15.91 2014
86 Korea 15.81 2014
87 Iran 15.80 2015
88 Oman 15.74 2003
89 Tonga 15.27 1999
90 United Kingdom 15.27 2014
91 Panama 15.26 2014
92 Tunisia 15.15 2010
93 Monaco 15.05 2001
94 Ghana 15.01 2016
95 Singapore 14.92 2009
96 Suriname 14.91 2015
97 United States 14.80 2014
98 Indonesia 14.71 2014
99 New Zealand 14.70 2014
100 France 14.68 2013
101 Dominica 14.66 2011
102 Palau 14.30 2016
103 Seychelles 14.01 1999
104 Costa Rica 14.01 2015
105 Netherlands 13.86 2015
106 Trinidad and Tobago 13.50 2009
107 Bhutan 13.48 2016
108 Bulgaria 13.43 2014
109 Guatemala 12.88 2015
110 Japan 12.79 2014
111 China 12.46 2015
112 Spain 12.30 2015
113 The Bahamas 12.01 2010
114 Albania 11.94 2015
115 Grenada 11.88 2015
116 Macao SAR, China 11.69 2015
117 St. Lucia 11.57 2015
118 Qatar 11.37 2015
119 Czech Republic 11.27 2013
120 Sweden 11.22 2015
121 Yemen 11.09 2011
122 Germany 11.04 2015
123 Benin 11.02 2014
124 Slovak Republic 10.98 2015
125 Antigua and Barbuda 10.89 2012
126 Sierra Leone 10.80 2015
127 Romania 10.75 2015
128 Bahrain 10.73 2015
129 Italy 10.70 2015
130 Comoros 10.57 2014
131 Saudi Arabia 10.56 2014
132 Cyprus 10.52 2015
133 Luxembourg 10.46 2014
134 Brunei 10.20 2015
135 Denmark 10.15 2014
136 Uruguay 10.14 2010
137 St. Kitts and Nevis 9.98 2012
138 Hungary 9.89 2015
139 Iceland 9.89 2013
140 Portugal 9.70 2015
141 Cuba 9.43 2015
142 Moldova 9.23 2015
143 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.17 2015
144 Belgium 9.15 2014
145 Poland 8.95 2014
146 Finland 8.94 2014
147 Uzbekistan 8.79 2016
148 Serbia 8.35 2015
149 Belarus 8.25 2015
150 Norway 8.23 2015
151 Kuwait 8.07 2012
152 Macedonia 8.06 2014
153 Switzerland 7.97 2014
154 Estonia 7.91 2013
155 Austria 7.90 2015
156 Greece 7.84 2014
157 Croatia 7.77 2015
158 Lebanon 7.59 2014
159 Lithuania 7.50 2015
160 Slovenia 7.28 2013
161 Latvia 7.26 2015
162 Andorra 7.26 2012
163 Georgia 7.19 2015
164 Malta 6.56 2015
165 San Marino 6.34 2004
166 Liechtenstein 6.15 2015
167 Cayman Islands 6.01 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.

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: 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