Pupil-teacher ratio, secondary - Country Ranking

Definition: Secondary school pupil-teacher ratio is the average number of pupils per teacher in 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 Malawi 72.31 2018
2 Ethiopia 40.35 2012
3 Afghanistan 38.67 2017
4 Guinea-Bissau 37.28 2006
5 Eritrea 36.57 2017
6 Mozambique 36.54 2017
7 Bangladesh 35.10 2018
8 Papua New Guinea 34.30 2016
9 Kenya 33.44 2009
10 Guinea 33.14 2011
11 Central African Republic 31.64 2017
12 Nicaragua 30.83 2010
13 Niger 29.73 2017
14 Cambodia 28.92 2007
15 Vietnam 28.86 1998
16 Nepal 28.82 2017
17 Rwanda 28.25 2018
18 Gabon 28.12 1999
19 El Salvador 27.82 2017
20 South Africa 27.62 2017
21 India 27.44 2017
22 Côte d'Ivoire 27.28 2018
23 Chad 27.13 2016
24 Djibouti 26.83 2019
25 Angola 26.77 2016
26 Burundi 26.60 2018
27 Timor-Leste 26.55 2018
28 Myanmar 26.42 2017
29 Togo 26.25 2011
30 Colombia 26.01 2017
31 Solomon Islands 25.92 2012
32 Mauritania 25.92 2018
33 Zambia 25.41 1988
34 Lesotho 25.34 2017
35 São Tomé and Principe 24.82 2016
36 Nauru 24.80 2016
37 Haiti 24.47 1984
38 Thailand 24.16 2017
39 Philippines 23.88 2017
40 Nigeria 23.20 2010
41 Burkina Faso 23.12 2018
42 Zimbabwe 22.48 2013
43 Sierra Leone 22.04 2016
44 Yemen 21.68 1999
45 Samoa 21.47 2010
46 Ecuador 21.00 2017
47 Tanzania 20.86 2018
48 The Gambia 20.75 1996
49 Pakistan 20.69 2018
50 Bolivia 20.58 2017
51 Vanuatu 20.57 2015
52 Guyana 20.29 2012
53 Trinidad and Tobago 20.04 1981
54 Morocco 19.42 2018
55 Somalia 19.30 2007
56 Madagascar 19.30 2018
57 Fiji 19.29 2012
58 Cameroon 19.26 2016
59 Equatorial Guinea 19.25 2005
60 Iran 19.01 2017
61 Senegal 18.88 2017
62 Canada 18.80 1996
63 Congo 18.68 2012
64 Dominican Republic 18.65 2017
65 Uganda 18.47 2007
66 Paraguay 18.40 2012
67 Liberia 18.39 2015
68 Chile 18.37 2017
69 Lao PDR 18.15 2018
70 Syrian Arab Republic 18.13 2002
71 Venezuela 18.03 1987
72 Barbados 17.94 2018
73 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 17.47 2015
74 Sri Lanka 17.45 2017
75 Kiribati 17.44 2008
76 Mali 17.43 2017
77 Turkey 17.35 2017
78 Algeria 17.23 1997
79 Puerto Rico 17.16 2016
80 Mexico 16.86 2017
81 Brazil 16.72 2017
82 Belize 16.72 2018
83 Jamaica 16.70 2018
84 Honduras 16.66 2017
85 United Kingdom 16.62 2017
86 Ghana 16.02 2018
87 Eswatini 15.55 2016
88 Tajikistan 15.44 2011
89 Cabo Verde 15.42 2018
90 Indonesia 15.21 2018
91 Egypt 15.16 2018
92 Palau 15.09 2000
93 United States 14.62 2017
94 Tonga 14.55 2015
95 Netherlands 14.52 2017
96 Mongolia 14.49 2010
97 Ireland 14.28 1997
98 Dem. Rep. Congo 14.24 2015
99 Peru 14.20 2018
100 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 13.87 2018
101 Botswana 13.82 2007
102 Iraq 13.73 2007
103 New Zealand 13.63 2017
104 Tunisia 13.62 2011
105 Panama 13.58 2017
106 Finland 13.58 2017
107 Korea 13.27 2017
108 China 13.26 2018
109 Sweden 13.07 2017
110 France 12.94 2013
111 Uruguay 12.66 2010
112 Bulgaria 12.64 2016
113 Costa Rica 12.43 2018
114 Jordan 12.26 2018
115 Argentina 12.24 2008
116 Romania 12.12 2016
117 Suriname 11.98 2015
118 Germany 11.97 2017
119 Grenada 11.79 2017
120 The Bahamas 11.76 2016
121 Spain 11.57 2017
122 Czech Republic 11.55 2013
123 Singapore 11.48 2017
124 Malaysia 11.40 2018
125 Denmark 11.29 2014
126 Hong Kong SAR, China 11.22 2018
127 Albania 11.20 2018
128 St. Lucia 11.15 2018
129 Japan 11.12 2017
130 Libya 11.11 1983
131 Slovak Republic 11.07 2017
132 Qatar 11.04 2018
133 Benin 10.99 2016
134 Mauritius 10.99 2018
135 Cayman Islands 10.97 2018
136 Saudi Arabia 10.96 2014
137 Iceland 10.83 1976
138 Bhutan 10.81 2018
139 Seychelles 10.78 2018
140 Dominica 10.69 2015
141 Kyrgyz Republic 10.65 2018
142 Guatemala 10.49 2018
143 Cyprus 10.35 2015
144 Uzbekistan 10.33 2017
145 Bahrain 10.24 2018
146 Oman 10.22 2018
147 Hungary 10.02 2016
148 Italy 9.98 2017
149 Moldova 9.86 2018
150 Switzerland 9.83 2017
151 Israel 9.76 2009
152 Macao SAR, China 9.76 2018
153 Slovenia 9.70 2016
154 Liechtenstein 9.65 2016
155 Cuba 9.63 2018
156 United Arab Emirates 9.55 2016
157 Portugal 9.52 2017
158 North Macedonia 9.43 2015
159 Austria 9.33 2017
160 Antigua and Barbuda 9.30 2018
161 Estonia 9.18 2017
162 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.12 2018
163 Poland 9.10 2017
164 Belgium 8.99 2017
165 Luxembourg 8.83 2016
166 Russia 8.76 2012
167 Tuvalu 8.64 2018
168 Norway 8.58 2017
169 Belarus 8.56 2018
170 Greece 8.56 2017
171 Monaco 8.54 2017
172 Brunei 8.27 2018
173 Latvia 8.11 2016
174 Armenia 8.02 2018
175 Andorra 8.02 2018
176 Serbia 7.95 2018
177 St. Kitts and Nevis 7.92 2016
178 Lithuania 7.81 2017
179 Lebanon 7.67 2016
180 Azerbaijan 7.61 2018
181 Kuwait 7.59 2015
182 Georgia 7.58 2018
183 Ukraine 7.34 2018
184 Malta 7.21 2016
185 Kazakhstan 6.96 2018
186 Croatia 6.73 2016
187 San Marino 5.84 2018
188 Comoros 5.31 2017

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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