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Table C.1.01. Average class size, by type of institution and level of education: 2009

Country Primary education   Lower secondary education (general programs)
Public institutions Private institutions Total:
Public and private institutions
  Public institutions Private institutions Total:
Public and private institutions
Total
private institutions
  Government-dependent private institutions   Independent private institutions   Total
private institutions
  Government-dependent private institutions   Independent private institutions
OECD average 21 20   20   21 21   24 23   23   21 24
OECD countries                              
Australia 23 25   25   24   23 25   25   24
Austria 19 21 1   19   22 24 2   23
Belgium          
Belgium (Fr.) 20 21   21   20      
Canada          
Chile 28 31   32   22 30   29 31   32   24 30
Czech Republic 20 16   16   20   22 20   20   22
Denmark 20 16   16   19   20 17   17   20
Estonia 18 17     17 18   20 16     16 20
Finland 20 18   18   20   20 22   22   20
France 23 23 1   23   24 25   25   14 24
Germany 22 22   22 3 22   25 25   25 4 25
Greece 17 21     21 17   21 25     25 22
Hungary 21 19   19   21   22 21   21   22
Iceland 18 14   14   # 18   20 12   12   # 20
Ireland 24          
Israel 27     27   32     32
Italy 19 20     20 19   21 22     22 21
Japan 28 32     32 28   33 35     35 33
Korea 29 31     31 29   35 34   34   35
Luxembourg 15 19   20   19 16   19 21   21   21 19
Mexico 20 20     20 20   29 25     25 28
Netherlands5 22          
New Zealand          
Norway          
Poland 19 12   12   12 19   24 18   24   16 23
Portugal 20 21   23   20 20   22 25   24   26 23
Slovak Republic 18 18   18   # 18   21 20   20   # 21
Slovenia 19 20   20   # 19   20 24   24   # 20
Spain 20 24   24   24 21   24 26   26   24 24
Sweden     #       #
Switzerland 19       19    
Turkey 26 19     19 26      
United Kingdom 26 13   26   13 24   21 15   19   10 20
United States 24 19     19 23   23 19     19 23
                               
Other G-20                              
Argentina6 26 26   30   24 26   28 28   30   27 28
Brazil 27 18     18 25   30 25     25 29
China 37 42 1   37   55 52 2   55
India          
Indonesia 28 21     21 26   36 33     33 35
Russian Federation 16 11     11 16   18 10     10 18
Saudi Arabia          
South Africa          
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1Total private primary institutions include data for government-dependent and independent private primary institutions.
2Total private lower secondary institutions include data for government-dependent and independent private lower secondary institutions.
3Private government-dependent primary institutions include data for independent private primary institutions.
4Private government-dependent lower secondary institutions include data for independent private lower secondary institutions.
5Year of reference 2006.
6Year of reference 2008.
NOTE: Primary education (ages 5–11), normally called elementary school, is the initial level of public education and consists of some combination of kindergarten through 6th grade
(K–6). Lower secondary education (ages 12–14), normally called middle school or junior high school, is an intermediate level between the elementary and secondary school levels.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table D2.1, Paris: Author.
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