Survey reveals teachers in Singapore more respected than those in Finland, UK and US

Singapore came in seventh place in a global teacher status index conducted by the Varkey GEMS Foundation, surpassing established countries such as Finland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The survey, released on Thursday, is a comparative study across 21 countries that examines teacher status and the attitudes towards them on a global scale.

The Republic also came in third, behind Finland and Switzerland, in its confidence and trust of the national education system and quality.

About 80 per cent of those surveyed in Singapore also indicated that they would encourage their children to be teachers. Over 45 per cent of respondents also felt that students have respect for their teachers.

Teachers in Singapore are also the highest paid among the 21 countries surveyed. They earned about US$37,144 (S$43,366) annually on average. But those surveyed felt that the fair wage for a teacher should be lesser than that, by about 14 per cent.

This is unlike respondents in 95 per cent of the countries, who felt teachers should receive higher wages.