Japanese teachers work an average of 53.9 hours per week, the highest figure among the OECD’s 34 member countries.
The figure for Japan was well above the average of 38.3 hours among OECD members, according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey, which Japan participated in for the first time.
The time spent by Japanese teachers on administrative work totaled 5.5 hours per week on average, longer than the OECD average of 2.9 hours. Time spent on extracurricular activities, such as coaching student clubs, came to 7.7 hours in Japan, compared with 2.1 for the OECD overall.
However, the hours spent teaching and preparing for classes are almost the same in Japan and the other countries surveyed.
The OECD survey also showed that the proportion of teachers who participate in professional development programs outside school is low in Japan. More than 80 percent of teachers said they can’t take part in such programs due to their heavy workload.
The survey collects internationally comparable data on the learning environment and the working conditions for teachers, focusing on lower secondary education.