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In a league of their own: the best performers in global education

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By Euronews
In a league of their own: the best performers in global education

<p>China is consistently ranked very highly in the <span class="caps">PISA</span> results (<a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/" rel="external">Programme for International Student Assessment</a>) and in 2012 its education system not only out-performed all the other 64 participating countries, but increased its score. </p> <p>So what makes these Chinese students in Shanghai so successful? And does studying for high marks in maths and sciences mean less time is spent on other subjects? </p> <p>Those are the questions we look at in this edition of Learning World, presented by Maha Barada. </p> <p><span class="caps">PISA</span> is an international <span class="caps">OECD</span> study which, every three years, evaluates education systems worldwide by testing thousands of 15-year-olds worldwide in reading, maths and science in terms of the knowledge and skills needed in adult life. We look at the latest results. </p> <p>In the first of our three stories we follow student Junjai over the course of a gruelling day. Intent on getting to the best schools and becoming a doctor there is little time for typical teenage activities for this young man. </p> <p>We head west for our second story, examining what makes Estonia such a success story in the <span class="caps">PISA</span> rankings. </p> <p>And finally we hear about the pros and cons of <span class="caps">PISA</span> as a system of evaluation in a debate between two education experts. </p> <p>We also want to have your views. So what do you think? Are <span class="caps">PISA</span> results important? Have you ever taken part in a <span class="caps">PISA</span> test? If you have, we would love to hear from you. So why not share your ideas on education with us on our social media pages? </p> <p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/learning.world" rel="external">Learning World on Facebook</a></p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/euronews_LW" rel="external">Learning World on Twitter</a></p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/03/shanghai-china-oecd-education-ranking" rel="external">Shanghai surprise: are China's OECD education ranking scores all they seem?</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.chinadevelopmentbrief.cn/DirectoryofNGOs/?p=3106" rel="external">China Development Brief</a></p>