Teachers held in high regard by parents

Teachers held in high regard by parents

Four in five people in Singapore would encourage their children to become a teacher, according to a global online survey which set out to see how well the profession is respected in 21 countries.

The survey by the Varkey Gems Foundation, which released the findings yesterday, also found that teachers here were the best paid. Singapore placed seventh out of the 21 countries in the survey's global teacher status index after scoring 46.3 out of 100, which meant that teachers here are more respected than their counterparts in Finland and the United Kingdom.

And the country which values its teachers the most? China, which scored a full 100 points. Singapore also came in third for how much confidence it had in the education system.

Finland was first and Switzerland, second.

The online study surveyed 1,000 respondents aged between 16 and 64 in each of the 21 countries, which included South Korea, Germany and Egypt.

The countries, which were chosen based on their scores in certain global mathematics and science tests, included those which did well, such as Finland, South Korea and Singapore, and those at the other end of the scale, such as Brazil, Italy and Spain.

One of the questions asked in the survey was to compare the teaching profession to other jobs, such as doctors, lawyers and librarians. 

Just like in Finland, those surveyed in Singapore said they saw teachers at the same level as social workers. China was the only country where those surveyed felt that a teacher shared a doctor's status.

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