SEA-PLM 2019 Latest Evidence in Basic Education: Supporting Teachers to Improve Learning in 6 Southeast Asian Countries

This publication is the third in a series of regional thematic studies initiated by the SEA-PLM Secretariat—SEA-PLM 2019 latest evidence in basic education.

This report describes the SEA-PLM programme and analyses the diversity of the Southeast Asian Grade 5th teacher workforce, their classroom conditions, and their level of preparation and training upon entry to the profession. Four key areas are described:

  • demographics and training
  • working conditions
  • specialization and allocation
  • reading and mathematics training and instructional practices

The findings recommend the development and implementation of policies and programs to strengthen the teacher workforce and redirect the focus to ensure teachers have supportive working conditions, and comprehensive training and professional development aligned with the teacher workforce’s needs.