How Much Time Do Primary and Lower Secondary Students Spend in the Classroom? [E-Book] / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2014
4 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
Education Indicators in Focus ; 22
Full Text
Students in OECD countries are expected to receive a total of 7 751 hours of instruction on average during their primary and lower secondary education – the bulk of that time is compulsory. In general, the higher the level of education, the greater the number of instruction hours a year. Reading, mathematics and science take up around 50% of the compulsory curricular time in primary education but only 40% at the lower secondary level. The wide variation in instruction hours across OECD countries suggests there is little consensus on the most effective policies related to school time.