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5 Education Statistics That Will Shock You

The world has shrunk and every student wants a global education. But as we focus on bringing global education into the classroom, the basic educational needs still remain a concern even in the most advanced countries.
EdChron Desk on July 10, 2014 - 12:42 pm in EdNews, World


The world has shrunk and every student wants a global education. Bringing global education into the classroom has been the focus of many schools and educators. With us being more connected, the need to understand diversity and the different offerings in various parts of the world grows with every new technological breakthrough.

But as we focus on bringing global education into the classroom, the basic educational needs still remain a concern even in the most advanced countries. Below are some education statistics around the world that would shock you.

1) 7,000 daily school dropouts in America

According to the High School Dropouts in America survey of 2012, the increasing number of high school dropouts is mainly due to the lack of support from parents. Around 7,000 students are dropping out from the schools on a daily basis. According to, high school dropouts are 8 times more likely to go to prison.

In 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade.

2) Literacy still considered unimportant for females

According to the 2011 statistics in India, only 65.46% of females are literate whereas 82.14% of males are literate. The low literacy rates a reflection of perception of education’s value for women within the society. It is viewed as a waste of resources to send girls to school when they would be married off (at an early age) and assume the traditional housewife role.

According to UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 774 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (493 million) are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate of which 76 million are female. Even though the size of the global illiterate population is shrinking, the female proportion has remained virtually steady at 63% to 64%.

3) English is no more the dominant language of the world

While English is the official language of more countries than any other language, only 508 million people speak the tongue. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada.

The widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet – Mandarin. With over one billion people speaking Mandarin, the need for a second language is critical for students to become a global citizen. According to listverse, the most-spoken language after English is Hindi with 497 million speakers.

4) Lack of qualified teachers in the UK

In many countries, government policies dictate the school teachers be majored in their respective fields of teaching.

In the U.S., according to the Institute of Education Sciences, “current federal education legislation requires school districts to measure and report on teacher qualifications, both to ensure that students are being taught by highly qualified teachers and to ensure that teachers are distributed equitably across schools, regardless of student demographics. Teachers are certified by the state in which they teach.”

According to Graeme Paton’s article on Telegraph UK in 2012, “data from the Department for Education shows that more than a quarter of Mathematics teachers – around 9,500 – fail to hold a degree in the subject. This was up by around 1,000 in just 12 months.

In English, more than one-in-five teachers had qualifications no higher than an A-level in their subject, while numbers were as high as a third in physics and geography. An average of more than 20 pupils are currently taught in each secondary school classroom, meaning hundreds of thousands of children are likely to be in lessons led by “under-qualified” staff every day.”

If this is happening in the UK, how about the rest of the world?

5) Teachers are leaving the profession

Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14% of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33% leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50% leave by their 5th year.

The main question remains – why are they leaving a career they were passionate about?

According to edudemic, 38% surveyed indicated dissatisfaction with administration was the main reason for leaving. 32% cited workplace conditions while 20% stated salary as the reason that forced their hand.

Teaching is an under-appreciated profession. A high teacher turnover will affect the quality of teaching and student achievements. A school is only as good as the teachers it has, and just like any organization, retaining talent is key to success.


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