Shanghai (上海) tops in all PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests (Maths, Science, Reading) for 15-year-old secondary school students in the world.
Note 1: China Secondary School is “3-3″ system: ” Secondary 1 to 3″ as Junior Secondary (初中), “High-School 1 to 3” as Senior Secondary (高中), at the end of 6 years the highly competitive “Gaokao” (高考) for university entrance exams。Singapore changed from “3-3” system to “4-2” in 1959, with an intermediate exams (中四会考 or GCE O-level), and, at the end of 6 years the GCE A-level exams or IB (International Baccalaureate).
Note 2: 2015 PISA ranking will be published on 6 December 2016.
The French TV makes a Special Report opening up the Chinese secret : a strict & disciplined education system, to the awe of westerners !
A Chinese friend comments that, although their system looks tougher than Singapore’s, the Chinese parents don’t need to send their kids to expensive tuitions like “kiasu” (怕输) Singaporeans do — no time for tuitions !! because Chinese schools are whole day from 7 am to 10 pm daily.
Only the French Engineering Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles (Prépas) for 19-year-old “Baccalaureate + 2 years” undergraduates is comparably alike — tough !
In the final part of video [23:00 mins]: a Shanghainese girl who followed through the French “Prépas” relatively easier than her French classmates — thank to the higher Chinese standard in Math & Science — proudly entered the French prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, after competing with the native elites in the highly competitive ‘Concours’ (科举, entrance exams) in a totally foreign language – French.