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Education Indicators in Focus

Education Indicators in Focus is a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD’s Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners. They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice.

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How Old Are the Teachers?

  • More than one-third of male primary school teachers in OECD countries are now over 50 years old.
  • Across OECD countries, the average age of secondary school teachers has increased by one month every year in the last decade.
  • Only a few countries have managed to develop policies which lower the average age of teachers significantly.
  • Increasing the numbers of female teachers no longer lowers the average age, as the female teaching workforce is ageing faster than its male counterpart.

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