Facts about Teachers

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1. Teachers work a bit more than everyone else

Teachers work ten hours, forty minutes each day which translates to 53 hours per work. This time includes the time they spend working within school ground prior or after the required school hours, working during school hours and the time they spend on extracurricular activities such as clubs and coaching.

 2. Teachers spend most time Instructing Students

Teachers spend about 5 hours instructing students each day. This includes spending time tutoring students in class or providing them with additional academic support. They spend about 36 minutes disciplining and supervising students, 45 minutes preparing, planning or collaborating with their colleagues, 36 minutes documenting, grading and analyzing student work and 15 minutes contacting parents on phone, email or one-on-one meeting.

 3. Teachers think that there are other ways of assessing student learning

Most teachers believe that besides standardized tests, classroom, performances such as class assignments, participation and formative assessments are alternative ways of assessing student learning. Teachers appreciate the importance of mastering concepts and skills as opposed to multiple choice exams.

 4. Full time equivalent Teachers

In fall 2012, an estimated 3.7 million secondary and elementary school teachers were employed. This represented a 7% increase since 2002. The 2012 full time equivalent projection included 3.3 million teachers in public schools and 0.4 million teachers in private schools.

 5. Demographics of Teachers

Between 2007 and 2008, about 76 percent of teachers in public schools were females. Out of these, 44% were aged below 40 years and 52% of them held either a higher or master’s degree. Compared to teachers in public schools, a lesser percentage of teachers in private schools were female, which was 74%, 39% of these were below age 40 and 38% held a higher or master’s degree.

 6. Teacher – Pupil Ratio

In the 1970s and 80s, there was a decline in school enrollment and an increase in the number of teachers. The teacher to pupil ratio in public schools reduced from 22.3 to 17.9 between 1970 and 1985. Enrollment increased in 1985 and the teacher pupil ration kept decreasing and in 1989, it reached 17.2. The ratio stabilized in late 80s to mid-90s then declined in 1995 from 17.3 to 15.4 in 2009.  In 2010, the teacher pupil ratio in private schools was about 12.2.

 7. Increase in Public School Teachers

Over the last 10 years, the number of teachers in public schools has gone up by a big percentage which has resulted to the declining teacher pupil ratio. In 2002, the number of students per teacher stood at 15.9 compared to the projected 15.2 teacher to pupil ratio in fall 2012.

 8. Teacher’s Salary Levels

Between 2011 and 2012, teachers in public schools earned an average of 56,643 dollars per year. In constant, based on inflation adjustment to the dollar, this salary was approximately one percent higher than the average salary that teachers earned between 1990 and 1991.

 9. Mobility of Teachers

Out of 3.38 million part time and full time teachers in public schools who did not teach in the 2007/2008 school year, about 85% remained in the same school while 8% shifted to new schools. 8% of the teachers quit the teaching profession in the year that followed. Out of the 487,300 teachers in private schools that taught in the 2007/2008 year, 79% remained in the same school, 5% moved to new schools and 16% left the teaching profession.

 10.Reasons for Moving

Out of the public school teachers who changed schools between 2008 and 2009 did so due to personal life reasons as opposed to 16% of teachers who moved in private schools. 15% of teachers in public schools left the teaching profession because of expiry of contractual term over the same period.


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