South Korea ‘tops education rankings’

South Korea ‘tops education rankings’

South Korea ‘tops education rankings’

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

08 May, 2014 | 10:30 am

The UK is in second place among European countries and sixth overall in a global education league table.

South Korea is highest rated, with a cluster of Asian countries taking the top four places, in rankings from education and publishing firm, Pearson.

The rankings include higher education as well as international school tests – which boosted the UK’s position.

Pearson chief executive John Fallon highlighted the economic importance of improving education and skills.

These latest international comparisons, compiled for Pearson by the Economist Intelligence Unit, emphasise the success of Asian education systems, with South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong in China rated as the highest performing.

But it shows a strong performance from the UK, which is ranked sixth, behind only Finland in Europe and ahead of countries such as Germany, France and the United States.

Finland, which was previously in first place, has slumped to fifth, reflecting a downward trend for a number of Scandinavian countries.

It also records the rise of Poland, which has been hailed for reforming its post-Communist education system, and sits in the top 10.

TOP 20 EDUCATION SYSTEMS:

South Korea
    Japan
    Singapore
    Hong Kong
    Finland
    UK
    Canada
    Netherlands
    Ireland
    Poland
    Denmark
    Germany
    Russia
    United States
    Australia
    New Zealand
    Israel
    Belgium
    Czech Republic
    Switzerland

Source: Pearson/ Economist Intelligence Unit

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