Data

Pupils per qualified teacher in primary education

What you should know about this indicator

Average number of pupils per qualified teacher at a given level of education, based on headcounts of both pupils and teachers. Divide the total number of pupils enrolled at the specified level of education by the number of qualified teachers at the same level. A qualified teacher is one who has the minimum academic qualifications necessary to teach at a specific level of education in a given country. This is usually related to the subject(s) they teach. In computing and interpreting this indicator, one should take into account the existence of part-time teaching, school-shifts, multi-grade classes and other practices that may affect the precision and meaningfulness of pupil-teacher ratios. When feasible, the number of part-time teachers is converted to ‘full-time equivalent’ teachers; a double-shift teacher is counted twice, etc. Teachers are defined as persons whose professional activity involves the transmitting of knowledge, attitudes and skills that are stipulated in a formal curriculum programme to students enrolled in a formal educational institution.

World Bank variable id: UIS.PTRHC.1.QUALIFIED

Original source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Source
World Bank (2023) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
July 10, 2023
Date range
1999–2020
Unit
ratio

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The World Bank EdStats database offers a comprehensive array of over 8,000 internationally comparable indicators related to education access, progression, completion, literacy, teachers, demographics, and expenditures. It covers the education cycle from pre-primary to vocational and tertiary education, including data on learning outcomes from assessments like PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, equity data from household surveys, and educational projections up to 2050.

Retrieved on
July 26, 2023
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World Bank Education Statistics (EdStats), World Bank, 2023. Licence: CC BY 4.0.

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World Bank (2023) – processed by Our World in Data. “Pupils per qualified teacher in primary education” [dataset]. World Bank, “World Bank Education Statistics (EdStats) 2023” [original data]. Retrieved June 15, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/pupil-teacher-ratio-for-primary-education-by-country