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Education > Teaching weeks per year > Primary: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Is there a link between the length of the primary school year and the level of educational attainment?

Of the 25 countries with the highest average number of weeks of primary school instruction, there are eight – New Zealand, Greece, Brazil, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Germany – that are also in the top 25 for students progressing to secondary level, all of which have progression rates in excess of 99 percent. Of these, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany are in the top 18 for the percentage of adults educated until the tertiary level.

The top four countries for percentage of adults with tertiary education – Canada, United States, Ireland and Japan – are not in the top 25 for hours of primary instruction. Japan is the only of the four in the top 25 for progression to secondary level.

DEFINITION: Average number of weeks taught per year by primary level teachers. Data for 2000.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Jordan 44 weeks per year 2000
2 Indonesia 44 weeks per year 2000
3 Russia 43 weeks per year 2000
4 Denmark 42 weeks per year 2000
5 Mexico 42 weeks per year 2000
6 India 42 weeks per year 2000
7 Malaysia 41 weeks per year 2000
8 Czech Republic 40 weeks per year 2000
9 Australia 40 weeks per year 2000
10 Thailand 40 weeks per year 2000
11 Philippines 40 weeks per year 2000
12 Brazil 40 weeks per year 2000
13 Chile 40 weeks per year 2000
14 Greece 40 weeks per year 2000
15 Netherlands 40 weeks per year 2000
16 Zimbabwe 39 weeks per year 2000
17 Germany 39 weeks per year 2000
18 New Zealand 39 weeks per year 2000
19 Finland 38 weeks per year 2000
20 Austria 38 weeks per year 2000
21 Switzerland 38 weeks per year 2000
22 Argentina 38 weeks per year 2000
23 Iceland 38 weeks per year 2000
24 Turkey 38 weeks per year 2000
25 Jamaica 38 weeks per year 2000
26 Norway 38 weeks per year 2000
27 Ireland 37 weeks per year 2000
28 Hungary 37 weeks per year 2000
29 Spain 37 weeks per year 2000
30 Egypt 36 weeks per year 2000
31 Japan 35 weeks per year 2000
32 Paraguay 35 weeks per year 2000
33 France 35 weeks per year 2000
34 Portugal 34 weeks per year 2000
35 Italy 34 weeks per year 2000
36 Tunisia 33 weeks per year 2000

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Teaching weeks per year > Primary. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNESCO Institute of Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Teaching-weeks-per-year/Primary

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Is there a link between the length of the primary school year and the level of educational attainment?

Of the 25 countries with the highest average number of weeks of primary school instruction, there are eight – New Zealand, Greece, Brazil, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Germany – that are also in the top 25 for students progressing to secondary level, all of which have progression rates in excess of 99 percent. Of these, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany are in the top 18 for the percentage of adults educated until the tertiary level.

The top four countries for percentage of adults with tertiary education – Canada, United States, Ireland and Japan – are not in the top 25 for hours of primary instruction. Japan is the only of the four in the top 25 for progression to secondary level.

Posted on 16 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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