Argentinian teachers find their jobs most fulfilling and are the most dedicated teachers in the world, according to Global Education Census 2018 released this week. The census found that 79 percent Argentinian teachers considered teaching a rewarding profession for altruistic reasons.
The Global Education Census is the first all-inclusive global study that aims at highlighting school-life for students aged between 12-19 and their teachers around the world.
The research was initiated by Cambridge Assessment International Education, a leading education group and part of the prestigious Cambridge University. It surveyed 20,000 teachers and students and asked them questions about classroom practises, usage of teaching aids, teacher motivation and student’s aspirations and goals.
According to the survey, more than two third of teachers (67 percent) globally enjoyed teaching because it provided them an opportunity to work with young people, while eight out of ten teachers enjoyed working with youngsters in the US alone.
The census found that studying past papers was the most favourite practise of Malaysian teachers, which helped students in the preparation of their exams. When asked how they evaluated their professional performances, 84 percent Malaysian professors stated that they used examination results as an indicator of their professional success, the highest for any country in respective category.
However, just over a third of teachers around the world stated that they were enjoying a good work-life balance, a more common response among teachers in Indonesia (42 percent) and Spain (40 percent). Moreover, 28 percent teachers in China believed they were well-paid, while only 2 percent teachers in Argentina were satisfied by their pay, the report findings indicated.
Argentinian teachers stood tall in the survey, however, a strong contrast was visible between positive perception of teachers about the profession and relatively low salary expectations, according to the census findings.
According to Cambridge Assessment International Education Regional Director Dr Ben Schmidt, “We wanted to understand not only what students learn but how and in what context, and to share these insights with the wider education community.” He further added that this census could possibly pass on the much-needed knowledge, skill-set and know-how of young learners to educators around the world.
The Global Education Census was undertaken as an online self-completion survey which targeted teachers and students by using snap surveys by the Cambridge International. The survey links were posted and shared via social media platforms and were shared by Cambridge International official on their website and to school networks and channels globally.
The census focused on teachers and students based in 10 major countries, including Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa and the United States.
Almost 696 students and 624 teachers from Pakistan participated in the international survey. According to the survey almost 65 percent Pakistani teachers responded that their schools provided career counselling services to their students, which was the third highest score in the survey. Almost 45 percent of Pakistani teachers evaluated their performance by the number of students who opted for higher education, which was the highest percentage for evaluating teacher performance this particular way.