Revealed: where do teachers enjoy the highest status?

China, Ghana and Singapore top the charts for the countries where teachers enjoy the highest status, according to a poll of 35 countries
22nd October 2020, 1:49pm

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Revealed: where do teachers enjoy the highest status?

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China, Ghana and Singapore are the three countries that value teachers the most, according to a poll of 35 countries.

Canada and Malaysia complete the top five, while the UK ranks 12th - ahead of the EU countries included in the survey. 

Based on data gathered by the Global Teacher Status Index 2018, which polled over 35,000 adults aged 16-64 across 35 countries, the new analysis published today by the Varkey Foundation includes a ranking of countries according to the Implicit Teacher Status. 


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Aimed at gauging people's instinctive opinions of teachers, the survey asked those polled to indicate as quickly as possible whether they think teachers are trusted or untrusted, inspiring or uninspiring, caring or uncaring, intelligent or unintelligent, among other word associations.

The analysis also found a link between Implicit Teacher Status and performance in Pisa, finding that in general countries performing higher on Pisa had also a higher opinion of teachers. 

Here is the full ranking of countries by Implicit Teacher Status:

1. China

2. Ghana

3. Singapore

4. Canada

5. Malaysia

6. India

7. US

8. Taiwan

9. Indonesia

10. Switzerland

11. Uganda

12. UK

13. Finland

14. Netherlands

15. New Zealand

16. France

17. Korea

18. Turkey

19. Germany

20. Portugal

21. Japan

22. Czech Republic

23. Russia

24. Italy

25. Brazil

26. Colombia

27. Chile

28. Spain

29. Panama

30. Argentina

31. Hungary

32. Greece

33. Egypt

34. Peru

35. Israel

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