Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

OECD gives Israel mixed report card on education

OECD gives Israel mixed report card on education

Private spending on education took the figure to more than six percent of GDP, a figure attained by only six other countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark and Korea.

The report shows that across OECD countries, 33 per cent of primary to secondary teachers were at least 50 years old in 2015, up 3 percentage points from 2005.

However, the time Japanese teachers spend on teaching activities is 742 hours at elementary schools, 610 hours at junior high schools and 511 hours at high schools, all below their respective OECD averages.

"The OECD report highlights that strong and high-quality education systems are built on foundations of valuing, supporting and investing in the teaching workforce". The OECD average amount spent by educational institutions per primary student amounted to $8,733 (€7,301). Salaries after 15 years increased to $29,718 in Israel, compared to the OECD average of $42,844. According to information received in 2015, the average primary school teacher's starting salary was $19,507, while the OECD average was $30,838. Some of these countries regulate the specific number of hours required at school, while others set the overall working time, including hours at school and elsewhere, ' the report reads.

More than 40 percent of young New Zealanders were expected to get a tertiary qualification before the age of 30, one of the highest rates among developed countries, the report showed.

The net financial return for a man completing a tertiary education in New Zealand was $US162,800 more than the earnings of someone who had only a secondary education, but below the OECD average of $US252,100.

"At 169 days for primary and 173 days for lower secondary, Latvia has one of the shortest school years in compulsory education of all OECD countries as well as the lowest total number of compulsory instruction hours for students of all OECD countries", the OECD experts said. Despite the improvement trend in wages, the average salary of a teacher in Israeli primary education is 69% of the salary of his colleagues in the OECD.

Ireland has the third highest completion rate for girls (92 per cent) and the second highest for boys (90 per cent), at upper-second (Leaving Cert cycle) level, according to Education at a Glance 2017 which was launched on Tuesday afternoon.

They also have, on average, faster pay increases after 15 years in the classroom than their global counterparts, with salary bumps of more than $18,000 for USA teachers versus roughly $12,000 for the OECD average.

The report comes as Labour campaigns for next week's election on a platform of scrapping fees for a lifetime entitlement of three years of tertiary education by 2024, starting with one year free next year. The fields with the highest shares of women amongst new entrants are health and welfare (79 per cent) and education (70 per cent).

Australia also has a comparatively low share of graduates in engineering, manufacturing and construction among tertiary-educated adults, 11 per cent compared to an OECD average of 17 per cent.

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