As we have presented article about teacher’s wages and many other articles about education before, In commemoration of Thai Teacher’s Day, we would like to present an article about the burden of teachers.
One way to measure teacher’s burden is by using average student to teacher ratio. Obviously, more students per teachers equate to more burden upon the teacher. If a teacher has to look after over too many students, this would impact greatly upon the education provided.
From the Worldbank public data, the students to teacher ratio is as follows:
|ประเทศ||Pupil-Teacher Ratio, Secondary, 2008||Pupil-Teacher Ratio, Primary, 2008|
Interestingly, the students to teacher ratio for primary school in Thailand is at 16 students per teacher, on par with many other developed nations such as Japan, England, Germany, France, and US. However, upon secondary school, this ratio changes significantly. For secondary school teachers, they have an average of 21 students under their care, which is closer to Laos, Vietnam and Nigeria and worse than countries like Gana, Peru, and China
Even though students to teacher ratio cannot completely reflect upon the issues about Thailand’s education, it nevertheless can provide some idea about the burden that Thai teachers have to bear. The discrepancies between primary and secondary also poses an interesting question worthy of pondering what the underlying reason could be and how this would impact negatively or positively upon the nation’s education system.