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Asia gets top spots in global education survey


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ASIAN SCHOOLING. The top 5 countries in the global education survey are all in Asia. File photo by AFP

Asian nations cemented their top positions in an eagerly awaited report on global education Tuesday, December 3, as their students continued to outshine Western counterparts in math, science and reading. Shanghai again ranked first in math, science and reading in the 3-yearly report by the Paris-based OECD, based on surveys of more than half a million 15-year-olds in 65 countries. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea rounded out the top 5 in math skills. The so-called PISA report (Programme for International Student Assessment) is the single largest study of global schooling and has dubbed the World Cup of education. This year’s survey focused on math skills, with Macao-China, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and The Netherlands rounding out the top 10.

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