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September 14, 2009

Class sizes at Japanese private schools larger than in other OECD countries


The average class size at private elementary schools in Japan is 33. This is the largest among all OECD countries. The smallest classes are in Poland where the average is 11.9 an the second smallest are in Britain where the average is 13.1. At lower secondary school, Japanese private schools also have the largest classes. The average is 35.6 compared to 11.8 in Iceland and 12.5 in Britain. The average among all OECD countries is 22.7.

Class sizes at public schools in Japan are the second largest among OECD countries. The largest are in Korea. The average size of a public elementary school class in Japan is 28.1 compared with 15.6 in Luxembourg and 16.8 in Greece. Public lower secondary schools in Japan average 33 compare to 19 in Switzerland and 19.8 in Luxembourg and Belgium.

All figures are taken from 'Education at a Glance 2009', a new OECD report.

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