A total of 355 teachers left the profession between 2017 and 2018, 10 more than last year.
With this, 2018 records the highest attrition rate in the last 10 years, according to the 2018 annual education statistics.
Of the total teachers who left the profession in the last one year, 263 voluntarily resigned, 60 superannuated, and seven compulsorily retired. Ten left after their contract expired and 15 left the service due to events such as death and termination.
On average, about 3.6 percent of public school teachers leave the profession every year for various reasons.
The report states that 590 national and 680 expatriate contract teachers left the system mainly due to contract expiration between 2008 and 2018. In the same period, 1,302 regular teachers (civil servants) left the teaching profession.
Of a total of 2,716 public school teachers who left the system in the last 10 years, the highest was primary school teachers at 784, followed by higher secondary school and middle secondary school teachers at 707 and 681 respectively.
Last year, 119 middle secondary school teachers and 94 higher secondary school teachers left the system.
Primary school and lower secondary school teachers followed with 77 and 59 leaving their profession.
According to the report, at least two regular contract teachers left the system in 2018 alone.
The report showed that the country today has 9,574 school teachers. Of which 8,824 are in public and 750 in private schools. About 41 and 46 percent of the teachers in public and private schools are female.
Of 8,824 public school teachers, 60.3 percent (5,319) have a Bachelor’s Degree and 16.5 percent (1,453) PG Diploma, 15 percent (1,323) Masters, and 8.2 percent (725) diploma. Only three teachers have a doctoral degree (PhD).