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Indians most positive about teaching as a career for their kids: Study

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are the most positive about their children taking up a career in teaching, a new global study has revealed.

The UK-based Varkey Foundation's Status Index (GTSI) 2018' was released on Thursday and is described as the most comprehensive study of how society views teachers across 35 countries around the world.

It revealed that over half (54 per cent) of Indian people polled said they encourage their children to become teachers more than in any other country surveyed, including (50 per cent).

By comparison, under a quarter of British people (23 per cent) would encourage their child to become a teacher, while only 6 per cent would encourage their child to become a in Russia, the lowest of any country surveyed.

Overall, ranks eighth among the 35 countries surveyed in the 'Status Index 2018', in which is the highest-ranked country and the lowest.

The index reveals, for the very first time, that there is a direct link between teacher status and pupil performance as measured by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores.

"When we conducted the 'Status Index' five years ago we were alarmed by the weight of evidence pointing to the low status of teachers around the world. It was this that inspired us to create the Global Teacher Prize, which shines a light on the extraordinary work that teachers do around the world," said Indian-origin and philanthropist Sunny Varkey, Founder of the

The survey is based on in-depth opinion polling and analysis by and the and Social Research of over 35,000 adults aged 16-64 and over 5,500 additional serving teachers across 35 countries. The 2018 index expands upon the first GTSI, which surveyed 21 countries back in 2013 and inspired the Varkey Foundation's annual USD 1-million Global Teacher Prize.

The survey also found that over three-quarters (77 per cent) of Indian respondents think that pupils respect their teachers the third-highest of any country surveyed after (79 per cent) and (81 per cent).

By contrast, only 9 per cent of people in think pupils respect their teachers, lower than any other country polled.

believe strongly in their country's system rating it 7.11 out of 10 the fourth-highest of any country polled, with only (8), (7.2), and (7.1) higher. By contrast, Egyptians rated their country's system lower than any other surveyed at 3.8.

When asked to rank 14 professions in order of respect (including headteachers, primary and secondary teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, and librarians), Indian respondents ranked headteachers the fourth-highest of all the countries surveyed after Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.

ranked secondary school teachers the seventh-highest of all the countries surveyed, with China ranking them the highest.

The latest index found that teacher status was rising globally and of the 35 countries polled, Asian nations of India, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Korea rank higher in terms of teacher status than every European country and every Western nation including the US, and

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 09:55 IST
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