Global education charity the Varkey Foundation today launched the Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI) 2018, according to the Index, over half (54%) of Indian parents said they encourage their children to become teachers - more than in any other country surveyed including China (50%), the country with the highest overall level of teacher status. By comparison, under a quarter of British people (23%) would encourage their child to become a teacher, the study said.
GTSI 2018 is a follow up to the GTSI 2013 and the Foundation, which is a global charitable initiative focused on improving the standards of education, said the study is the most comprehensive study ever of how society views teachers across 35 countries around the world.
Over three-quarters (77%) of Indian respondents participated in the study thought that the pupils respect their teachers which is the third highest of any country surveyed, with only Uganda (79%) and China (81%) higher.
According to the study, teacher status in India is 8th highest out of the 35 countries surveyed in the new GTSI 2018. China was the highest ranked country and Brazil the lowest. Indian respondents rated their education system 7.11 out of 10 - the fourth highest rating in the study, with only Finland (8), Switzerland (7.2), and Singapore (7.1) higher.
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.