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In What Countries are Classrooms at the Primary Level Less Crowded?

Pupil to Teacher Ratio by Countries

Proper schools, sound infrastructure and affordable fees are just some prerequisites for a robust educational system. However, the educational system in some nations around the world has not been able to meet the required standards due to factors such as unqualified teachers, lack of proper government funding and overcrowded classrooms — where the ratio of the teacher per student is unbalanced.

Fortunately, there are nations that are not suffering from these drawbacks, and have been able to evolve a sound educational system, providing high quality of education to the students at the primary level. If a teachers have lesser number of students in classrooms to attend to, they can provide the required attention to each student. They will be able to interact better with the students and help them with their troubled subjects. A low ratio is a major selling point for parents when they select schools. In the United States of America, some states have strict laws regarding the maximum student-teacher ratio, especially for kindergarten. A primary education is a foundation of students and the better its quality, the more secure is the future of children.

According to a World Bank reports, European microstate San Marino witnesses less crowded classrooms at the primary level, with the student-teacher ratio standing at six students per teacher. This balanced ratio has enabled teachers to give equal emphasis to each student. The figures in Kuwait, Georgia, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein are also praiseworthy, as the average ratio is not more than 9 students per teacher. It is one of the reasons why these nations also have good literacy levels.
In the United States, the average ratio is 15 students per teacher, and the United Kingdom has ratio of 17 students per teacher.

The countries lying at the extreme end were some African nations such as Central African Republic, Malawi and Rwanda. Here the classrooms are quite crowded, with the ratio more than 55. In fact, in Central African Republic, on an average a teacher is appointed with 83 students in a classroom. The statistics here are shocking, and a deeper attention needs to be paid towards the education system. But, the countries are already struggling with major issue revolving around internal conflicts and corruption.

Here is a table mentioning the average pupil-teacher ratio in 191 countries at the primary age level:

Country Pupil-teacher ratio, primary Year
San Marino 6.27 2012
Liechtenstein 7.68 2016
Luxembourg 8.46 2015
Georgia 8.83 2016
Kuwait 8.86 2016
Norway 8.87 2015
Cuba 8.90 2015
Greece 9.64 2015
Andorra 10.07 2016
Iceland 10.14 2015
Brunei Darussalam 10.20 2016
Maldives 10.30 2016
Austria 10.30 2016
Bermuda 10.42 2015
Poland 10.49 2015
Denmark 10.74 2014
Hungary 10.77 2016
Latvia 11.13 2015
Belgium 11.23 2015
Estonia 11.50 2013
Malaysia 11.61 2016
Qatar 11.63 2016
Saudi Arabia 11.68 2016
Netherlands 11.73 2016
British Virgin Islands 11.74 2015
Uruguay 11.76 2015
Cyprus 11.92 2015
Costa Rica 11.98 2016
Italy 12.03 2015
Bahrain 12.06 2016
Israel 12.09 2015
Sweden 12.10 2015
Lebanon 12.18 2016
Germany 12.22 2015
Tuvalu 12.72 2015
Ukraine 12.76 2016
Malta 13.03 2016
Cayman Islands 13.04 2013
Dominica 13.08 2016
Spain 13.19 2015
Lithuania 13.23 2016
Portugal 13.31 2015
Finland 13.32 2016
Barbados 13.35 2016
Hong Kong 13.68 2016
Croatia 13.70 2015
Monaco 13.71 2016
Gibraltar 13.71 2016
Macao 13.86 2016
St. Kitts and Nevis 13.87 2016
Puerto Rico 13.90 2015
Indonesia 13.98 2016
Seychelles 13.99 2016
Suriname 14.19 2016
Antigua and Barbuda 14.33 2015
Macedonia 14.41 2015
United States 14.46 2015
New Zealand 14.50 2015
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 14.51 2016
Serbia 14.52 2016
St. Lucia 15.13 2016
Turks and Caicos Islands 15.21 2003
Slovakia 15.25 2015
Grenada 15.45 2016
Azerbaijan 15.49 2016
Ireland 16.06 2012
Japan 16.18 2015
Tunisia 16.18 2016
China 16.55 2016
South Korea 16.55 2015
Thailand 16.88 2015
Slovenia 16.90 2015
Iraq 16.96 2007
Argentina 17.23 2008
Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.29 2016
United Kingdom 17.39 2014
Moldova 17.42 2016
Singapore 17.44 2009
Trinidad and Tobago 17.58 2009
Bulgaria 17.61 2016
Mauritius 17.79 2016
France 18.18 2013
Albania 18.20 2016
Peru 18.32 2016
Belarus 18.34 2016
Bolivia 18.36 2016
Jordan 18.36 2016
Chile 18.38 2015
Turkey 18.41 2015
Dominican Republic 18.52 2016
Czech Republic 18.93 2013
Bahamas 19.03 2016
Armenia 19.31 2007
Romania 19.33 2016
Vietnam 19.63 2016
Federated States of Micronesia 19.71 2015
Oman 19.91 2003
Russia 20.14 2015
Belize 20.51 2016
North Korea 20.53 2015
Kazakhstan 20.76 2017
Nepal 20.91 2017
Uzbekistan 21.15 2017
Cabo Verde 21.48 2016
Brazil 21.52 2015
Guatemala 21.74 2016
Tonga 21.86 2015
Panama 21.89 2015
Myanmar 22.04 2017
Tajikistan 22.30 2017
Botswana 22.62 2013
Laos 22.96 2016
Egypt 23.08 2016
Guyana 23.16 2012
Sri Lanka 23.17 2016
Equatorial Guinea 23.23 2015
Palestinian 23.85 2016
Paraguay 24.16 2012
Colombia 24.23 2016
Algeria 24.24 2016
United Arab Emirates 24.52 2016
Gabon 24.53 2011
Kyrgyzstan 25.03 2016
Ecuador 25.10 2017
Solomon Islands 25.15 2016
Syria 25.33 2002
Jamaica 25.61 2016
Kiribati 25.73 2016
Vanuatu 26.57 2015
Morocco 26.59 2016
Mexico 26.74 2016
Iran 26.77 2015
Yemen 26.93 2016
Ghana 27.30 2017
Eswatini 27.58 2015
Comoros 27.81 2013
Fiji 28.00 2012
El Salvador 28.26 2016
Honduras 28.37 2016
Mongolia 29.69 2016
Namibia 29.78 2010
Nicaragua 30.22 2010
Samoa 30.24 2010
Philippines 30.27 2015
South Africa 30.33 2015
Djibouti 30.42 2017
Liberia 30.45 2015
Kenya 30.65 2015
Sao Tome and Principe 31.16 2017
Timor-Leste 31.35 2011
Senegal 31.74 2016
Democratic Republic of the Congo 33.20 2015
Lesotho 33.76 2016
Bangladesh 33.94 2016
India 35.22 2016
Somalia 35.52 2007
Niger 36.26 2016
Mauritania 36.37 2016
Zimbabwe 36.41 2013
Sierra Leone 37.33 2016
Nigeria 37.55 2010
Bhutan 38.04 2016
Gambia 38.68 2017
Mali 39.09 2016
Nauru 40.18 2016
Madagascar 40.61 2016
Togo 41.40 2016
Burkina Faso 41.55 2016
Cote d’Ivoire 42.50 2016
Cambodia 42.53 2016
Angola 42.54 2011
Uganda 42.72 2016
Cameroon 42.74 2016
Tanzania 43.06 2014
Eritrea 43.34 2015
Afghanistan 44.30 2017
Republic of the Congo 44.44 2012
Benin 45.04 2015
Papua New Guinea 45.17 2012
Guinea 45.59 2014
South Sudan 46.75 2015
Pakistan 47.63 2016
Zambia 47.95 2013
Burundi 49.66 2016
Guinea-Bissau 51.93 2010
Mozambique 54.66 2015
Ethiopia 55.07 2011
Chad 56.89 2016
Rwanda 58.46 2016
Malawi 69.51 2015
Central African Republic 83.41 2016

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