Average Number of Students per Teacher

January 16, 2013

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

As we have presented article about teacher’s wages[1] 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
Sweden 10 10
Austria 11 12
Spain 11 12
Indonesia 12 18
Japan 12 18
France 12 19
Germany 13 13
Malaysia 14 15
UK 14 18
USA 14 14
New Zealand 14 15
China 16 18
Peru 16 21
Singapore 16 19
World 17 25
Ghana 17 25
Mexico 18 28
Korea 18 24
Vietnam 21 20
Thailand 21 16
Lao PDR 23 30
Kenya 30 47
Myanmar 34 29

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.





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