How does Belarus compare internationally?

Belarus performs better than most other EECA countries in reading, maths and science.

However, Belarus still lags behind most OECD countries.

Some education outcomes are more inequitable in Belarus than internationally

Socio-economically advantaged students perform better than disadvantaged students.

Policies are needed to help all students succeed.

An important factor in student outcomes is where they attend school

Urban students in Belarus perform better than rural students at rates exceeding those of similar students across the OECD.

Educational spending in Belarus is low by regional and international benchmarks

Belarus performs better than expected given its level of funding.

However, its expenditure on education is far less than the OECD average. More spending could contribute to even better outcomes.

Students in Belarus spend less time in class than students internationally

Students spent roughly two fewer hours per week in class than students across the OECD.

Spending more time in class can be related to higher performance.

Students in Belarus are more likely to be truant than students internationally

37% of students skipped class or skipped school in the previous two weeks.

Truancy is related to lower academic performance and can lead to high risk behaviour such as dropout.

Teaching practices in Belarus differ from international benchmarks

Compared to the average across OECD countries:

  • Teachers in Belarus use more teacher-directed instruction (e.g. lecturing to classes)

  • And provide less feedback to students.

The practices most commonly used by teachers in Belarus are associated with lower reading scores

More teacher-directed instruction is generally associated with lower reading performance and more adaptive instruction is generally associated with higher reading performance.

Fewer teachers in Belarus participate in professional development compared to international benchmarks

Professional development can be important to help teachers continuously improve, but only 17% of teachers in Belarus participated in the last three months.