In 2019, there were 2.0 million teachers (85% women, 15% men) and 24.5 million primary school students in EU Member States, according to data released by Eurtostat.
In the EU, the average number of students per primary school teacher decreased slightly from 13.6 in 2018 to 13.5 in 2019. The lowest rates were recorded in Greece (8.7), Luxembourg (9.0) and Poland ( 9.6).
At the other end of the spectrum, Romania maintained the highest student-teacher ratio (19.4), followed by France and the Czech Republic with 18.8 and 18.7, respectively.
According to the announcement, “children usually enter primary education programs (classified as ISCED level 1) between the ages of 5 and 7”. These programs are designed to provide them with a solid foundation in reading, writing, and math, as well as a basic understanding of other subjects such as history, geography, natural and social sciences, art, and music.
The student-teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the number of equivalent full-time students by the number of equivalent full-time teachers working at ISCED level 1. The student-teacher ratio should not be confused with the average class size, as no special class is taken into account. cases, such as small groups of students with special needs or specific subject areas, or the difference between the number of teaching hours provided by teachers and the number of teaching hours provided for students.