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Israeli classrooms more crowded than OECD average, teachers paid less – report

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Israeli classrooms are among the most crowded among OECD countries, and the country’s teachers are getting paid less than average, according to an annual review of education in the economic organization’ member nations.

However, Israeli schoolchildren receive more hours of tutoring and the country is one of just a handful where over half the population gets some form of post-secondary education.

The 2021 Education at a Glance report, published Thursday, found that Israeli schools had an average of 26.3 students per classroom, compared to the OECD average of 21.1.

Elementary schools in Israel had 26.8 students, with the OECD average being 21.1, putting the country in 35th place out of 38 ranked countries. In middle schools, there were 28.1 students in Israeli classrooms, compared to 23.3 in the OECD.

The ratio of teachers to students in elementary and middle schools in Israel was 15.1 and 12.9, respectively, close to the OECD averages of 14.5 and 13.1.

“Smaller classes are often seen as beneficial because they allow teachers to focus more on the needs of individual students and reduce the amount of class time needed to deal with disruptions,” the OECD noted in the report.

However, the OECD said, Israel has managed to reduce the number of students in classes over time even as the student population has grown. Israel’s general population increase is among the highest for all OECD........

© The Times of Israel

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