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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
=1 Indonesia 44 weeks per year 2000
3 Russia 43 weeks per year 2000
=4 Denmark 42 weeks per year 2000
=4 Mexico 42 weeks per year 2000
=4 India 42 weeks per year 2000
7 Malaysia 41 weeks per year 2000
=8 Czech Republic 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Australia 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Thailand 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Philippines 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Brazil 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Chile 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Greece 40 weeks per year 2000
=8 Netherlands 40 weeks per year 2000
=16 Zimbabwe 39 weeks per year 2000
=16 Germany 39 weeks per year 2000
=16 New Zealand 39 weeks per year 2000
=19 Finland 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Austria 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Switzerland 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Argentina 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Iceland 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Turkey 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Jamaica 38 weeks per year 2000
=19 Norway 38 weeks per year 2000
=27 Ireland 37 weeks per year 2000
=27 Hungary 37 weeks per year 2000
=27 Spain 37 weeks per year 2000
30 Egypt 36 weeks per year 2000
=31 Japan 35 weeks per year 2000
=31 Paraguay 35 weeks per year 2000
=31 France 35 weeks per year 2000
=34 Portugal 34 weeks per year 2000
=34 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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Interesting observations about Education > Teaching weeks per year > Primary

All of the top 2 countries by teaching weeks per year > primary are Muslim.
Denmark ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst High income OECD countries in 2000.
Italy ranked last for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2000.
Russia ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Europe in 2000.
Indonesia ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Emerging markets in 2000.
Greece ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Eurozone in 2000.
Australia ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Non-religious countries in 2000.
7 of the top 10 countries by teaching weeks per year > primary are Hot countries.
France ranked third last for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst European Union in 2000.
Jordan ranked first for teaching weeks per year > primary amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2000.

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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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