CPD fellow does the arithmetic on why schools are falling behind
Australia flags in OECD International Student Assessment rankings
Teachers in Shanghai and Korea spend significantly less class time with their students than their counterparts in Australia and yet the two countries, along with Finland, Singapore and Hong Kong have placed in the top 5 of the OECD’s rankings.
While Finnish teachers have masters degree qualifications and enjoy high social status, “Australia does not value teaching as a profession in the same way,” CPD Fellow Chris Bonnor said in an article that calls for a fundamental reform of teachers’ salaries.
“According to OECD figures, an experienced Australian teacher earns $47,000 a year, 30 per cent less than the average salary, compared with $81,000 in Korea, three times more than the average salary, or $59,000 in Finland, almost 40 per cent more than the average.”