World Teachers Day: This is where teachers are paid the most

-UN agencies have called for more investment in teachers on World Teachers’ Day, 5 October.

-On average, teachers in OECD countries earn 81-96% of the salaries of tertiary-educated workers.

-Teachers in Luxembourg with more than 15 years’ experience can expect to earn more than £109,000.

-Fair compensation for teachers is essential to ensuring every child receives a quality education – and to prepare young people for the future of jobs.

It’s been a year and a half since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close and teachers to start providing lessons online, almost overnight.

Throughout the height of lockdowns, many teachers also continued to provide in-person education to children of key workers. And as schools have reopened in countries where measures have eased, high levels of interaction with students continues to put teachers at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

All of this is taking a toll: A recent survey of teachers in Singapore found that 80% said the pandemic had impacted their mental health, due to the added workload and pressures.

This World Teachers’ Day, 5 October, UNESCO, UNICEF and the International Labour Organization have jointly called for greater investment in the teaching profession.

«We are calling on countries to invest in them and prioritize them in global education recovery efforts so that every learner has access to a qualified and supported teacher,» said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, and David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International.

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