Teachers on the Chinese mainland got the highest level of respect among the people they serve, according to an education charity reported. Teacher status is higher on the Chinese mainland than in any of the other 34 countries polled, with 81 percent of respondents in China saying they believe pupils respect their teachers.
"Five years after the first Global Teacher Status Index in 2013, we can see, once again, China has come top, demonstrating just how much respect the Chinese public has for teachers." This is crucial because there is a direct link between teacher status and pupil performance as measured by PISA.
Brazil was ranked the lowest in the poll, with Israel and Italy also in the lower part of the table. The survey also found that half of Chinese families are likely to encourage their children to become teachers.
However, on the Chinese mainland, teachers actually earn less than people think. Respondents thought secondary school teachers earned around $19,500 a year, but salaries are around $12,000. Pota said, "Raising teacher status is vital to attracting good teachers and keeping them in the profession. It is teachers, after all, who will shape the next generation and they hold our futures."