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Who earns what where?

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two new reports have revealed which countries’ teachers earn the most. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) ‘Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2013/14: Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality For All’, educators in Luxembourg are the highest paid in the world, followed by Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Denmark and the US, in that order.

The 2013 Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI), compiled by Peter Dolton, professor of economics at the University of Sussex in the UK, and Dr Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez, associate professor at the Department of Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Malaga in Spain, rates Singapore as the place where teachers earn the most. Other countries in the top five are the US, South Korea, Japan and Germany.

At the bottom of the UNESCO list is Central African Republic where, although a family needs at least US$10 per day to survive, the average teacher earns just US$5 per day. Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Democratic Republic of the Congo also pay their teachers a relative pittance.

GTSI research finds that Egyptian teachers earn the least in the world. In both reports, several Asian countries famous for producing excellent academic results do not make the top 20. There are also dramatic discrepancies between the two analyses with regards to salaries of teachers in Asian countries.

The UNESCO report says that one in four young people around the world is unable to read a single sentence, and concludes that good teachers are the key to improvement.

However, few teachers around the globe – including in high-income countries such as New Zealand and France – are adequately trained to teach children the basics, the report finds. Moreover, 5.1 billion more teachers are needed by the year 2015.

The report predicts that “it will take until 2072 for all the poorest young women in developing countries to be literate; and possibly until the next century for all girls from the poorest families in sub-Saharan Africa to finish lower secondary school”, because of gender-based barriers.

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