School: French teachers better off than their European colleagues?

Are French teachers better off than their neighbors in Europe? A ministry study shows major concerns for schools.

The French school seems in crisis. While fewer and fewer students aspire to become teachers, the Ministry of National Education comes out a study on teaching conditions in Europe. MCETV gives you some keys to understand.

A vocational crisis

Because it seems harder and harder to find teachers. The State is therefore looking for solutions to increase the number of teachers… and is even going open competitions and training a little more. But the ministry’s study seems quite alarming.

Indeed, the Depp, which manages the statistics on the side of National Education, comes out a comparison between 22 European countries. Several criteria thus make it possible to get an idea of ​​the differences at school between the teachers. And few criteria turn to the advantage of France.

Starting with the number of hours. Because teachers often receive criticism about their schedules. But they work more than in the most developed countries in Europe. The gap also widens according to the level at which the teacher works.

Thus, in elementary school, a French person works an average of 900 hours per year. A little less than in the Netherlands where teachers work 940 hours. And as much as in Ireland. But other countries have decided to make people work less… or even much less.

When we look at our closest neighbours, such as Germany and Italy, the hourly volume thus falls to 744 or even 691 hours. Less dense school years, So. And in college, same observation: French teachers tend to work more hours.

A French school in the hard?

Not to mention the papers to mark and the preparations for lessons at home, a middle school teacher works an average of 720 hours a year. Spain, with 641 hours per teacher, or even Germany, with 659, leave teachers more rest.

On average, in Europe, a teacher works 659 hours per year. That is 61 less than in France. Even more surprising: whether in the public or the private sector, French schools have more students than elsewhere. What creates discontent at the university.

With an average of 18.4 students per teacher, France ranks second behind Romania (19.2). But Germany and its less than 15 students, and especially Italy with 11.2, show a big gap for teachers.

But then, how can such disparities be explained? French teachers indeed always seem to be at a disadvantage. But maybe do they earn more than all their neighbors in Europe? No. At least not according to Depp’s study.

At the same career stage, teachers from Finland, Austria and especially from Germany earn more than a Frenchman. The level of income in France more or less resembles that of Portugal. And remains a little higher than that of Italy.

Indeed, whatever the class, an Italian teacher can’t expect to make more than $50,000. French teachers, especially in college and high school, can hope to pass this bar. This partly explains the difference between the French and Italian schools.

But looking only at the stats, we can understand why the state is struggling more and more to find candidates. It remains to be seen how to do better, to make the profession attractive again.

School: French teachers better off than their European colleagues?