School pupils in Australia spend more time in the classroom under compulsory instruction than in any other country in the OECD, but it will do nothing to help Australia reach the goal of being in the top five performing countries by 2025.
Dr Schleicher said the goal of being in the top five in international literacy and maths tests by 2025 was “realistic” — Australia is currently ninth out of 34 countries in the OECD — but the single most important factor was improving the quality of teaching. “Our data clearly show that the highest performing countries prioritise the quality of teaching. They are also very good at deploying the very best teachers to the hardest classrooms,” Dr Schleicher said.
He acknowledged the debate about attracting the best into the teaching profession had been raging for years, but said Finland had turned around its mediocre educational standards in the 1960s and 70s to the best in the world by making teaching a high-status profession, like law.
“It’s not just about money — Australian teachers are well paid by international comparisons,” he said.Source: The Australian – Quality teachers a key factor
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