What do Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malawi, Timor-Leste and Kenya have in common?

In 2011, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malawi, Timor-Leste and Kenya are among 26 countries (out of 162 countries with data) that have a pupil-teacher ratio over 40:1, according to the 2013/4 Education for all global monitoring report page 85.

For some countries the ratio in 2011 was worse than in 1999, but this was because teacher recruitment had not kept pace with increases in children attending school due to policy changes. For example, in Malawi, the ratio increased by 20% to 76:1 in 2011. In Kenya, the ratio was below 40:1 in 1999,but increased to 47:1 in 2009.

Group Primary Pupil/teacher ratio 1999 Primary Pupil/teacher ratio 2011 Secondary Pupil/teacher ratio 1999 Secondary Pupil/teacher ratio 2011
World 26 24 18 17
Low income countries 43 43 28 26
Lower middle income countries 31 31 24 22
Upper middle income countries 24 19 16 15
High income countries 16 14 14 12
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