Far more women teachers than men in Latvia

Figures published by Eurostat October 5 show to what extent teaching is a predominantly female profession in Latvia.

Data for 2020 shows that of 10,457 teachers in primary education, just 815 were men. In lower secondary education there were of 1,084 male teachers out of 7,089 in total, and in upper secondary education there were 1,183 male teachers out of 6,032 in total.

Teacher/pupil ratios in EU, 2020

As far as teacher-pupil ratios are concerned, Latvia is fairly average among its EU peers with 11.2 pupils per teacher. The EU average is 12.3. In this regard Latvia did slightly better than Estonia (12.5) and slightly worse than Lithuania (11.0).

The highest ratios were reported in the Netherlands (16.5 pupils per teacher), France (14.9) and Romania (14.3). Meanwhile, the lowest ratio was recorded in Luxembourg (7.1), followed by Greece (8.5) and Malta (8.8). 

In 2020, there were 5.2 million teachers employed in primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education in the EU. The figures were published to mark World Teachers' Day.

 

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