Most students in Small Island States have teachers who agree they have enough space in their classrooms for all students and a space at school to do work. However, the results also imply that a minority of teachers are experiencing potential challenges with the space they have at school.
The PILNA 2021 programme also collected information about school leaders’ perceptions of school resources. These are found in the school leaders’ section.
Regarding teachers’ time, most students in Small Island States have teachers who agree they have enough time to complete lessons in mathematics, reading and writing. An area of concern is, however, teachers’ ability to accommodate slow learners. Less than half the students in both year levels have teachers who think they do not have enough time to work with slow learners. These students may not get the teacher support they need if they fall behind or are slow to absorb new concepts.
Another area to monitor is teachers’ time as reported by year levels. Fewer students in year four compared to year six had teachers who agreed with the statements about having enough time for lessons, working with slow learners, and spending an appropriate amount of time of administrative work. It may be that year four students require more time from teachers than year six students.