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April 06, 2018 Friday 03:00:42 PM IST

Filling the 69- Million Teachers Gap is the Priority say Leaders

International Policy

Addressing the global teacher gap of 69 million should be the top priority for education policymakers the world over, a new international study has urged. Shortage of teachers is the single biggest threat to the global goal of providing quality teaching to children, according to the study led by Prof. Kwame Akyeampong, Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Sussex. 

“The global teaching shortage crisis disproportionately impacts children from poor and marginalised backgrounds because they live in communities that do not attract trained and effective teachers. This situation is made worse because, globally, demand for trained teachers exceeds supply,” Prof. Akyeampong said. 

The study, which surveyed experienced teachers from 44 countries, was launched

at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2018 in Dubai last month. Speakers at the forum included Hollywood actor Charlize Theron, Olympic athlete Mo Farah, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former UK Chancellor George Osborne, ex-US Vice-President Al Gore, and former French President Nicholas Sarkozy.