500,000 university places for 10 million high school (高三 = JC2) Chinese students ! If you complain Singapore GCE A level Exams is too tough for competing to enter the 4 local universities, then you know how miserable the Chinese students are ?
No wonder their ‘second best’ students come to Singapore and beat our local best kids in A level, with just only 3 years of English conversion in Singapore.
Lee Kuan Yew told Deng Xiao Ping in 1970s, “We Singaporeans are the descendents of illiterate farmers and fishermen in coastal southern China, and if we can make Singapore a First World country in 30 years, then you Chinese in mainland, who are the offstrings of educated mandarins and cultured literati, have no reason to do the same and even better.” The French-educated ‘cartesian-minded’ 78-year-old Deng paused into a long silent meditation — he was going to make China in the following 30 years, not only better than Singapore, but the World’s Super Powers : Japan, Europe and finally the USA.
Watch this Principal’s opening speech in one of the top high-schools in Chong Qing 重庆: