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Countries Where Teaching Is Held In The Highest Public Esteem, 2018

School teachers in China have the highest public status among all profession including doctors and social workers, that’s according to Varkey Foundation, a global education charity foundation’s study. China tops the ranking – with 81 percent believing that pupils respect their teachers, compared with an international average of 36 percent, in a survey of 35,000 people.

But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel, Italy, Ghana, and Argentina are at the other end of this “teacher status index.”

The survey also revealed that “high teacher status” is not just a nice to have; it is also likely, all things being equal, to lead to “higher student outcomes” in that country.

Crucially, the report reveals that teacher status is rising globally.

Students in these countries are also top performers in international tests, and the researchers suggest that a well-regarded teaching profession, which can attract talented staff, seems to go hand-in-hand with high standards.

The global survey also reveals that the British public thinks that the country’s teachers are underpaid and the number of people who want their children to enter the profession is falling.

Countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem:

  1. China
  2. Malaysia
  3. Taiwan
  4. Russia
  5. Indonesia
  6. South Korea
  7. Turkey
  8. India
  9. New Zealand
  10. Singapore
  11. Canada
  12. Greece
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Switzerland
  15. Panama
  16. United States
  17. Finland
  18. Japan
  19. Egypt
  20. France
  21. Germany
  22. Chile
  23. Portugal
  24. Netherlands
  25. Peru
  26. Columbia
  27. Spain
  28. Uganda
  29. Hungary
  30. Czech Republic
  31. Argentina
  32. Ghana
  33. Italy
  34. Israel
  35. Brazil

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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