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

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Papua New Guinea 83.26 2016
2 Ethiopia 43.67 2015
3 Mozambique 36.50 2013
4 Malawi 35.16 1997
5 Nicaragua 34.71 2010
6 Eritrea 31.38 2017
7 Thailand 31.23 2015
8 Vanuatu 31.20 2015
9 Afghanistan 30.28 2015
10 India 29.30 2017
11 Pakistan 28.99 2018
12 Bangladesh 28.67 2018
13 Sierra Leone 27.63 2017
14 Vietnam 27.61 1998
15 South Africa 27.57 2017
16 Kenya 26.71 2009
17 Guinea 26.66 2011
18 Liechtenstein 26.60 2016
19 El Salvador 26.37 2017
20 São Tomé and Principe 26.11 2016
21 Timor-Leste 26.03 2018
22 Cambodia 25.33 2007
23 Rwanda 25.18 2018
24 Colombia 25.06 2017
25 Yemen 24.17 2013
26 Nepal 24.16 2017
27 Liberia 23.39 2015
28 Ghana 23.37 2018
29 Burkina Faso 23.12 2018
30 Dominican Republic 22.76 2015
31 Nauru 22.65 2016
32 Djibouti 22.65 2019
33 Philippines 22.44 2017
34 Angola 22.33 2016
35 Solomon Islands 22.15 2010
36 Myanmar 21.93 2017
37 Guyana 21.74 2012
38 Peru 21.64 1999
39 Somalia 20.68 2007
40 Côte d'Ivoire 20.61 1999
41 Lao PDR 20.02 2018
42 Burundi 19.97 2018
43 Bolivia 19.66 1999
44 Mongolia 19.49 2006
45 Ecuador 19.38 2017
46 Jamaica 19.31 2002
47 Senegal 19.26 2018
48 Kiribati 19.01 2008
49 Iraq 18.69 2004
50 Chile 18.39 2017
51 Finland 18.21 2017
52 Niger 18.10 2017
53 Madagascar 18.10 2018
54 Uruguay 17.92 2010
55 Sri Lanka 17.86 2017
56 Samoa 17.64 2016
57 Nigeria 17.63 2010
58 Malaysia 17.63 2004
59 Paraguay 17.61 2012
60 Turkey 17.57 2017
61 Chad 17.35 2016
62 Congo 16.84 2012
63 Iran 16.75 2017
64 Togo 16.21 2011
65 Algeria 16.16 1997
66 United Kingdom 16.14 2017
67 Morocco 15.84 2018
68 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15.79 2018
69 Brazil 15.69 2017
70 Puerto Rico 15.47 2016
71 Mauritania 15.43 2018
72 Barbados 15.40 2018
73 Netherlands 15.26 2017
74 Slovenia 15.15 2016
75 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 15.09 2010
76 Belize 15.08 2018
77 Cabo Verde 15.04 2018
78 Indonesia 14.95 2018
79 Sudan 14.92 2017
80 Equatorial Guinea 14.87 2000
81 United States 14.71 2017
82 Uzbekistan 14.69 2017
83 Sweden 14.66 2017
84 Tonga 14.66 2015
85 China 14.49 2018
86 Palau 14.35 2000
87 Seychelles 14.35 1999
88 Honduras 14.24 2017
89 Montenegro 14.02 2017
90 Germany 14.02 2017
91 Andorra 13.99 2005
92 Mexico 13.80 2017
93 Mali 13.48 2017
94 Egypt 13.45 2018
95 Albania 13.43 2018
96 Fiji 13.35 2012
97 Romania 13.31 2016
98 Cameroon 13.11 2016
99 Korea 13.03 2017
100 Eswatini 12.55 2003
101 Iceland 12.45 2012
102 New Zealand 12.44 2017
103 Bulgaria 12.40 2016
104 Denmark 12.38 2014
105 Costa Rica 12.28 2018
106 Panama 12.11 2017
107 Tunisia 11.83 2010
108 Grenada 11.81 2017
109 Czech Republic 11.79 2013
110 Austria 11.71 2017
111 Saudi Arabia 11.42 2014
112 Slovak Republic 11.32 2017
113 Spain 11.29 2017
114 France 11.22 2013
115 Switzerland 11.18 2017
116 North Macedonia 11.17 2015
117 St. Lucia 11.01 2018
118 Singapore 10.99 1996
119 The Bahamas 10.61 2016
120 Guinea-Bissau 10.61 2000
121 Qatar 10.37 2018
122 Cayman Islands 10.31 2018
123 Hungary 10.30 2016
124 Cyprus 10.21 2015
125 Japan 10.20 2017
126 Moldova 10.09 2018
127 Italy 9.87 2017
128 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.86 2018
129 Tuvalu 9.82 2018
130 Oman 9.69 2018
131 Canada 9.68 2017
132 Cuba 9.56 2018
133 Poland 9.51 2017
134 Portugal 9.49 2017
135 Greece 9.42 2017
136 Macao SAR, China 9.26 2018
137 Bahrain 9.25 2018
138 Azerbaijan 9.18 2018
139 Belgium 9.16 2017
140 Norway 9.11 2017
141 Latvia 8.97 2016
142 Belarus 8.91 2018
143 Suriname 8.88 2015
144 Lithuania 8.79 2017
145 Israel 8.69 2009
146 Argentina 8.58 2008
147 Syrian Arab Republic 8.47 2013
148 Tajikistan 8.44 2003
149 Jordan 8.40 2018
150 Estonia 8.26 2013
151 Guatemala 8.15 2018
152 Serbia 8.12 2018
153 Lebanon 8.04 2016
154 Luxembourg 7.97 2016
155 Bhutan 7.86 2018
156 Brunei 7.78 2018
157 Benin 7.70 2014
158 Malta 7.65 2016
159 Dominica 7.32 2016
160 Monaco 7.07 2017
161 Georgia 6.92 2018
162 Kuwait 6.77 2009
163 United Arab Emirates 6.33 2016
164 St. Kitts and Nevis 6.14 2012
165 Croatia 6.06 2016
166 San Marino 5.34 2018
167 Libya 4.78 2006
168 Armenia 4.46 2018
169 Comoros 4.32 2017
170 Antigua and Barbuda 3.71 2015

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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