Poland top of the class when it comes to pupil-teacher ratios
Poland has one of the lowest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the World and the 4th lowest in the European Union, according to a new report.
The data collected by the European Union shows that Poland had the 4th lowest pupil to teacher ratio in the EU in 2017 with 10.7 pupils to each teacher.
The only countries with a lower ratio are Luxembourg 9 to 1, Greece 9.4 to 1 and Lithuania 10.6 to 1.
All of these countries have a significantly smaller population than Poland. France, Germany and the UK all have ratios above the EU average of 14.7 pupils per teacher, with France having the highest ratio at 19.6 pupils to each teacher.
Academic research shows that lower pupil to teacher ratios lead to better academic results.
The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Ratio) study undertaken in Tennessee by Elizabeth Word and her team of researchers, showed that pupils with a lower pupil to teacher ratio performed 8 percent better.
The study included over 7,000 students in 79 schools and tracked them over a 4 year period.
Poland also compared well to the USA according to data from UNESCO and was nearly seven times better than the worst country with data, Malwai, which in 2015 had 69.51 pupils for every teacher.