India ranks 6th in valuing its teachers among 135 countries

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The Implicit Teacher Status analysis, 6th finds India ranks when it comes to people’s implicit, unconscious and automatic views on the status of teachers in the country. India is behind China, Ghana, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia by respondents’ automatic impressions of teachers.

Since the coronavirus pandemic first emerged, over 1.5 billion learners across the world impacted by school and university closures.

The report, which builds on the data gathered by the Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI) 2018 a 35-country survey conducted from 1,000 representative respondents in each of the countries confirms the link between teacher status and pupil attainment.

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The new report seeks to explain for the first time why Implicit Teacher Status varies between countries.

It finds that teachers generally enjoy higher status in richer countries, and in countries which allow a greater fraction of public funds to education.

India’s expenditure on education as a percentage of government spending is 14 per cent. In Italy, which ranks 24th for Implicit Teacher Status, by comparison, it is only 8.1 per cent, whereas in Ghana, which ranks second, it is 22.1 per cent.

The report coincides with the announcement of the finalists for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize, which includes Ranjitsinh Disale a teacher from a village in Maharashtra who is in the running for the USD 1-million annual prize, to be unveiled later this year.

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