The shortage of qualified teachers is hampering efforts in many countries to achieve universal primary education. Teacher salaries typically account for more than 80% of education budgets. So governments with limited financial resources are often faced with critical policy trade-offs in seeking to provide quality instruction. To make these decisions, countries need reliable and accurate data.
What is the role of the UIS?
The UIS provides a core set of teacher indicators based on its administrative data collection. This includes traditional indicators, such as: trends in teacher numbers; pupil-teacher ratios; and data on trained teachers. These figures are used by the UIS, governments and international agencies to analyse the current state of the world’s teaching force.
The UIS also produces more detailed information on the working conditions, salaries and qualifications of teachers in 60 countries. Our goal is to make these data available globally. This entails the development of new instruments and data collections. For example, the Institute is developing a new taxonomy on teacher training programmes to enhance the international comparability of indicators on teacher qualifications. In addition, we are also preparing to pilot a new global data collection on: teacher characteristics; attrition and staff turnover; training and qualifications; salary and incentives; and teacher workload.