An international survey shows New Zealand teachers spend less time keeping students in line and more time teaching than teachers in other countries.
The Teaching and Learning International Survey found that New Zealand teachers spend 81 percent of their classroom time teaching and 12 percent keeping order.
Those figures are one or two percentage points better than the international averages and several percentage points better than in Australia and Singapore.
Ninety percent of New Zealand teachers said they were happy with their jobs, the same figure as Australia and one percentage point below the international average.
Nearly 3000 New Zealand teachers of students in years 7 to 10 took part in the survey.