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Smartest in the world

Understanding the success of Singapore’s education system

An OECD survey conducted last year found that Singapore has the smartest students in the world. The country’s 15-year-olds competed with children from 76 countries in tests that measured their abilities in maths and science. The local students proved that the city-state’s education system produces the best results. Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education assessment program says that when the world’s education ministers meet, “everyone listens very closely” when Singapore’s representative speaks. The standard of education in a country is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run.”

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