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 Ethiopia 43.67 2015
2 Mozambique 36.50 2013
3 Eritrea 35.80 2015
4 Malawi 35.16 1997
5 Nicaragua 34.71 2010
6 Bangladesh 33.24 2013
7 India 33.02 2015
8 Thailand 31.23 2015
9 Vanuatu 31.20 2015
10 Afghanistan 30.28 2015
11 Pakistan 28.79 2015
12 El Salvador 28.63 2015
13 Vietnam 27.61 1998
14 Kenya 26.71 2009
15 Guinea 26.66 2011
16 São Tomé and Principe 26.11 2016
17 Burundi 25.77 2015
18 Cambodia 25.33 2007
19 Philippines 25.22 2009
20 Senegal 25.15 2004
21 Timor-Leste 24.64 2015
22 Yemen 24.17 2013
23 Colombia 23.88 2015
24 Papua New Guinea 23.78 2012
25 Nepal 23.54 2016
26 Liberia 23.39 2015
27 Dominican Republic 22.76 2015
28 Myanmar 22.74 2014
29 Rwanda 22.62 2009
30 Solomon Islands 22.15 2010
31 Ghana 22.13 2016
32 Guyana 21.74 2012
33 Peru 21.64 1999
34 Palau 21.44 2016
35 Liechtenstein 21.26 2015
36 Chile 21.01 2013
37 Ecuador 20.88 2016
38 Namibia 20.86 1999
39 Somalia 20.68 2007
40 Côte d'Ivoire 20.61 1999
41 Angola 20.51 2011
42 Oman 20.18 2009
43 Bolivia 19.66 1999
44 Mongolia 19.49 2006
45 Turkey 19.45 2014
46 Jamaica 19.31 2002
47 Lao PDR 19.27 2015
48 Madagascar 19.26 2014
49 Kiribati 19.01 2008
50 Iraq 18.69 2004
51 Sri Lanka 18.16 2012
52 Djibouti 18.12 2016
53 Morocco 17.89 2009
54 Chad 17.82 2012
55 Iran 17.80 2015
56 Nigeria 17.63 2010
57 Malaysia 17.63 2004
58 Paraguay 17.61 2012
59 Mauritania 17.16 2015
60 Samoa 17.15 2015
61 Congo 16.84 2012
62 Nauru 16.82 2014
63 Sudan 16.63 2013
64 Indonesia 16.58 2014
65 Niger 16.56 2015
66 Finland 16.24 2014
67 Togo 16.21 2011
68 United Kingdom 16.17 2014
69 Algeria 16.16 1997
70 Albania 16.15 2015
71 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 16.14 2015
72 Burkina Faso 16.05 2009
73 China 15.63 2015
74 Brazil 15.35 2014
75 Cabo Verde 15.28 2014
76 Netherlands 15.13 2015
77 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 15.09 2010
78 Belize 14.96 2015
79 Uzbekistan 14.95 2016
80 Singapore 14.91 2009
81 Equatorial Guinea 14.87 2000
82 United States 14.77 2014
83 Puerto Rico 14.71 2014
84 Germany 14.70 2015
85 Seychelles 14.35 1999
86 Sweden 14.25 2015
87 Korea 14.16 2014
88 Andorra 13.99 2005
89 Costa Rica 13.86 2015
90 Romania 13.85 2015
91 Uruguay 13.78 2010
92 Cameroon 13.47 2015
93 Fiji 13.35 2012
94 Tonga 13.32 1999
95 New Zealand 13.31 2014
96 Honduras 13.23 2015
97 Antigua and Barbuda 13.17 2012
98 Bulgaria 13.07 2014
99 Slovenia 12.99 2013
100 Swaziland 12.55 2003
101 Iceland 12.45 2012
102 Denmark 12.38 2014
103 Montenegro 12.30 2015
104 Mexico 12.27 2014
105 The Bahamas 12.25 2010
106 Sierra Leone 12.14 2015
107 Egypt 12.09 2014
108 St. Lucia 12.01 2015
109 Austria 11.94 2015
110 Grenada 11.86 2015
111 Tunisia 11.83 2010
112 Czech Republic 11.79 2013
113 Italy 11.70 2015
114 Spain 11.69 2015
115 Macedonia 11.67 2014
116 Panama 11.54 2014
117 Mali 11.51 2015
118 Saudi Arabia 11.42 2014
119 Slovak Republic 11.38 2015
120 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11.26 2015
121 Switzerland 11.24 2013
122 Macao SAR, China 11.24 2015
123 France 11.22 2013
124 Hungary 10.66 2015
125 Guinea-Bissau 10.61 2000
126 Bhutan 10.56 2014
127 Japan 10.51 2012
128 Suriname 10.27 2015
129 Cyprus 10.21 2015
130 Portugal 10.16 2015
131 Israel 10.07 2014
132 Canada 10.00 2013
133 Qatar 9.98 2015
134 Poland 9.90 2014
135 Moldova 9.62 2015
136 Belgium 9.58 2014
137 Jordan 9.36 2014
138 Bahrain 9.09 2015
139 Lithuania 8.95 2015
140 Latvia 8.87 2015
141 Greece 8.78 2014
142 Norway 8.74 2015
143 Cuba 8.68 2015
144 Belarus 8.62 2015
145 Argentina 8.58 2008
146 Serbia 8.56 2015
147 Guatemala 8.53 2015
148 Syrian Arab Republic 8.47 2013
149 Tajikistan 8.44 2003
150 Malta 8.43 2015
151 Brunei 8.35 2015
152 Estonia 8.26 2013
153 Luxembourg 8.19 2014
154 Lebanon 7.96 2014
155 Dominica 7.93 2014
156 Monaco 7.93 2001
157 Benin 7.70 2014
158 Georgia 7.31 2015
159 Kuwait 6.77 2009
160 Croatia 6.43 2015
161 Comoros 6.43 2014
162 St. Kitts and Nevis 6.14 2012
163 Libya 4.78 2006
164 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.

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