Are Teachers in India Getting Underpaid? A Definitive Study by MySchoolPage
Teaching has historically been a noble profession. However, we, at MySchoolPage, stumbled upon some shocking statistics about teaching qualification and the serious requirement for professionally qualified teachers across many international schools in India and abroad.
Did you know that 1 out of 5 primary teachers in India is not well trained? This raises the question on quality teaching in our schools. Why are many teachers not well equipped with communication, teaching and assessment skills?
We found the major deciding factor to be the unscientific teaching training course across many parts of the country. Though many schools and teacher training programs formally train their tutors on teaching and assessment skills, these skills aren’t enough for teachers to explore global teaching opportunities.
How much do Indian School teachers get paid?
The National Council for Teachers’ Education has set strict norms for hiring only qualified tutors in both government and private schools in India.
Sadly, most of the teachers practising here are either poorly qualified or get underpaid for their good experience & qualification.
Here’s what we found about the average monthly income of teachers in India.
- Govt Schools (secondary teachers) – 20,000 to 40,000
- Govt Schools (higher secondary teachers) – 30,000 to 60,000
- Best Private Schools – 20,000 to 40,000
- Average Private Schools – 15,000 to 35,000
In the past 5 years alone, more than 17 million students have joined private schools and as a result, the number of private schools in India has almost doubled.
The number of professionally qualified tutors has gone down, resulting in many new private schools hiring under-qualified teachers for a very low pay scale. This trend is growing at an alarmingly fast rate and has affected the paygrade of professionally qualified tutors as well.
Can Indian teachers meet international evaluation standards?
A teacher’s profile is being distinguished by certain important parameters internationally. An Indian teacher meeting these standards can easily explore their way around international schools and strengthen their professional value.
Most educational organisations and schools, online teaching platforms like MySchoolPage, and many other organisations evaluate a teacher’s profile based on the following parameters.
The above chart clearly depicts that value-added credentials and a vast knowledge of the English language are important criteria for teacher assessment process. It adds almost 35% value to a teacher’s profile.
Training our teachers across the different assessment modules and obtaining an International teaching certification will definitely make Indian teachers, meet international tutoring standards.
That’s why MySchoolPage follows a rigorous recruitment and training process, to ensure that our students are always endowed with the best teaching faculty.
Do teachers have alternative career paths?
Value-added Certifications will open new, global opportunities for teachers, thereby boosting their pay scale enormously. Teachers can also explore other career paths and online teaching opportunities in the global education field.
Add-on Teaching Certification will open tons of opportunities, like-
- School Counsellor
- Academic Administrator
- Curriculum Designer
- Writer or Editor
- Language Translators
- and, more…
The above numbers and findings, makes us question the value of education our students receive. The situation will definitely change 10 years down the line, but only professionally qualified and expert teachers can withstand this change.
It’s high time for teachers to upgrade their knowledge and professional value, to come out of the mass and increase their earning potential.
Teaching Certification can be your ultimate way of improving your professional value and thereby boosting your earning potential.