The 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) shows that Croatian teachers and principals do not differ from the average in other countries when it comes to working conditions and age, but are more educated than the EU average.
The survey was carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) covering about 240,000 teachers and 13,000 principals in 30 OECD countries and 18 partner countries, including Croatia.
It revealed a gender imbalance in the teaching profession in Croatia, with women accounting for 78 percent of primary school teachers and 67 percent of secondary school teachers. The TALIS average is 69 percent.
The proportion of women among primary school teachers has increased by about four percent in the last five years. Croatia is among the top ten countries in terms of the number of female teachers, along with Slovenia, Hungary, Georgia, Russia and Latvia, where nearly 90 percent of primary school teachers are women. With about 58 percent, Japan tops the ranking in terms of the number of male teachers, and Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Colombia and Turkey have roughly the same number.
In Croatia, 53 percent of primary school principals and 49 percent of secondary school principals are women, which is the TALIS average. Latvia has the largest proportion of female principals - 80 percent, while Japan has the largest proportion of male principals - 90 percent.
The average age of Croatian primary school teachers is 42 years and of secondary school teachers it is 45 years, which corresponds to the average in countries participating in the survey (43 years) and the EU average (45 years).