Japan stays bottom in public spending on education for 6th year: OECD

posted on November 27, 2015

Japan stayed bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education for the sixth straight year in 2012, an OECD survey has shown.

Public expenditure on education represented 3.5 pct of the country's gross domestic product, compared with the OECD average of 4.7 pct, according to the survey released on Tuesday.

Norway ranked top, with 6.5 pct, followed by Iceland and Belgium, whose rate came to 5.9 pct.

Meanwhile, the total amount of education spending per student in Japan, including spending by households, stood at 11,671 dollars, the 10th-highest among 31 countries where comparable data were available. The OECD average stood at 10,220 dollars.

In 2013, the statutory working time for teachers at public schools in Japan was 1,899 hours per year, about 300 hours more than the OECD average, according to the survey.


source by jiji
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