Education: Singapore Ranks Highest, Hungary Lowest in Satisfaction

New figures released on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have revealed a troubling reality - the number of children worldwide who are deprived of any form of education has reached a staggering 250 million. This marks an increase of six million children compared to previous data, and it is a deeply concerning trend.

One in three (33%) describe the education system in their country as good, with 36% describing it as poor, according to a latest survey by IPSOS.

Singapore is the most positive country, with three in four (74%) saying their education system is good, including 27% who say it is very good. Ireland is second with 63% believing it is good and Australia third (57%). In contrast, Hungary has the least satisfaction with only 8% considering their education system good, and 67% viewing it as poor. Latin American countries like Peru (10%), Chile (11%), and Argentina (15%) also have low levels of positivity about their education systems.


Furthermore, nearly half of the respondents (46%) believe that the education system in their country is declining compared to when they were in school. Argentina had the highest percentage of respondents (76%) feeling that the education system has worsened.

Parents of school-age children tend to have a more positive view of their education system, with 39% rating it as good, compared to 33% among those without school-age children. Parents are also more likely to say that their system has improved since they were in school.

Unequal access to education is a top concern for parents, followed by inadequate infrastructure and insufficient use of technology. Parents are also more likely to believe that studying can reduce inequalities.


Regarding the teaching profession, respondents in several countries, including Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Korea, France, and Germany, are more likely to discourage young people from becoming teachers. However, across the 29 countries surveyed, 67% acknowledge that teachers work hard.

Regarding AI in the classroom, people in 29 countries generally believe that technology, such as AI, will have a more positive impact than a negative one (35% positive vs. 18% negative). Support for AI in the classroom is highest in Indonesia (54%) and several Latin American countries.


Finally, older generations are more likely to think that the education system has declined since their time in school. Gen Z is more likely to believe that the system has improved. Baby boomers are the most sceptical about schools contributing to reducing social inequalities, while younger generations are more optimistic. Additionally, older respondents are less likely to support the use of AI in schools compared to younger generations.


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