Italy’s teachers are oldest in Europe

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2015.10.02
Italy’s teachers are oldest in Europe
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Italian schools take first place for having the oldest teachers, compared with their European counterparts. This is according to data gathered by Eurostat, which show that, in 2013, more than 60% of teachers in Italy were aged over 50. It's a high figure, considering that even the country that comes second in the table has a far lower percentage of older teachers: Bulgaria with 47.7%. Next in the ranking are Estonia (43.1%), Lithuania (42.1%), Sweden (41.7%), Latvia (41.2%) and Greece (40.1%). The European statistical office has published these figures for World Teachers' Day, celebrated on 5 October. Brussels points out that in Europe there are 8.3 million teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. Of these, 5.8 million (or 70%) are women.

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