The entry of Shanghai at number one on the global league table of school students’ results is, as one expert put it in the New York Times, a “stunning” achievement. To anyone who has visited an elite Chinese school, however, it is not surprising.
Fifteen-year-olds in Shanghai, where education standards are probably among the highest in China, topped the OECD’s Pisa global standardised tests. Meanwhile, countries such as the UK and the US have slipped down , pushed down by the chart-toppers South Korea, Finland, Canada and New Zealand. Read more