There is strong respect and support for the teaching profession in Singapore. But, on average, people here believe teachers should be paid less than what they earn.
This was one of the findings from a global survey whose results were released yesterday.
Some 1,000 people were polled in each of the 21 countries studied between June and July this year.
Called the Varkey GEMS Foundation 2013 Global Teachers Status Index, the survey is the first comparative study of its kind to examine the status of teachers and people's attitudes towards them.
In measuring people's respect for teachers, Singapore was ranked No. 7, with an index value of 46.3 out of 100. It surpassed other countries like Finland, Britain and the United States. China took the top spot with a score of 100.
The higher the score, the more respect there is for teachers.
Singapore was ranked third in its people's confidence and trust of the national education system and quality, coming behind Finland and Switzerland.
But, on average, people here thought the fair wage for a teacher should be almost 14 per cent below their actual current wages. The survey said teachers here on average earn US$45,755 (S$57,000) annually.