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Teachers 

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.

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A Teacher for Every Child: Projecting Global Teacher Needs from 2015 to 2030 (2013)
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Education Counts Benchmarking Progress in 19 WEI Countries: World Education Indicators (2007)
School and Teaching Resources in sub-Saharan Africa (2012)
A Teacher for Every Child: Projecting Global Teacher Needs from 2015 to 2030 (2013)
Teachers and Educational Quality: Monitoring global needs for 2015
Education Counts Benchmarking Progress in 19 WEI Countries: World Education Indicators (2007)
School and Teaching Resources in sub-Saharan Africa (2012)
Global Education Digest (2010): Gender equality
Global Education Digest (2009): Focus on tertiary education
Education Counts: Benchmarking progress in 19 WEI countries (World Education Indicators, 2006)
Projecting the Global Demand for Teachers (2009)
A View Inside Primary Schools: World Education Indicators (WEI) cross-national study
Teachers for Tomorrow’s Schools: Analysis of the World Education Indicators (2001)
 

Global teacher indicators


The number and distribution of teachers are important policy parameters in determining the quality of education. For example, how does the actual supply of teachers compare to the size of the education system? A commonly-used indicator is the pupil-teacher ratio, which allows us to compare the human resources invested in education across countries and levels of education. It is important to note, however, that sufficient numbers of teachers doesn’t ensure quality instruction without proper training and motivation. 

Teacher demography


Education planners are increasingly concerned by the demography of teaching forces. By monitoring the age distribution of teachers, it is possible to anticipate potential changes in the size and composition of the teaching force. It is also important to consider the right gender balance within a teacher force, which can influence the learning achievement of pupils.

Teacher workloads and salaries (available for 60 countries)


Another set of policy options to manage teacher supply and demand relates to their deployment and working conditions. Here, the challenge lies in adjusting the workload and remuneration of teachers in accordance with their qualifications in order to achieve universal primary education.

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