Education system ranked 4th in Legatum Prosperity Index
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's education system was ranked fourth in the world according to the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Taiwan's education index improved from the ninth in 2011 to the fourth this year, followed by the United States, Norway, South Korea and Finland.
Lin Wen-tung (林文通), director of the Ministry of Education's Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations (BICE), said that the Legatum Institute evaluates each country's education based on nine indices, including gross enrollment ratio (GER) of different level of education.
Lin said that the GER of Taiwan's advanced education was 83.8 percent in 2012, which is far higher than the global average of 42 percent. The GER of basic education was 98 percent, said Lin.
All nine education indices in Taiwan are higher than the global average, Lin said, especially the index of the advanced education.
According to Lin, the improvement of the ratio regarding elementary school teachers was also a key factor for the advancement of Taiwan's education index. The ratio decreased from 18.1 in 2011 to 15.3 in 2012, which means that one teacher was responsible for 15.3 students in 2012.
BICE said that the adjustment to decrease the number of students for each class is the main reason for the improvement of the ratio of elementary school teachers.
With the upcoming launch of the 12-year compulsory education program, BICE said the nine education indices are expected to improve.