Japanese Teachers Work Longest among OECD Economies

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Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese teachers in elementary and junior high schools work longer hours than other such teachers covered in a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on working conditions for teachers and school environments, the OECD said Wednesday.

The Teaching and Learning International Survey, or TALIS, for 2018 also revealed that Japan lags behind other countries in fields such as active learning and education utilizing information and communications technology.

The survey covered school principals and teachers in junior high schools in all of the OECD's 48 member economies and those in elementary schools in 15 such economies.

For Japan, the survey was conducted in February and March last year and covered a total of 7,400 school principals and teachers at some 200 junior high schools and 200 elementary schools.

Japanese teachers in junior high schools work an average of 56 hours per week, compared with the OECD average of 38.3 hours. The average weekly working hours for Japanese elementary school teachers stood at 54.4. The OECD did not disclose the overall average for elementary school teachers.

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