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Best School Systems Around The World

Education is important if a person wishes to get a well-paying job and live comfortably for the majority of your adult life. While it’s easy to find any place for your child to learn something, finding a good place for your child to learn is the hard part.

With all the developed countries in the world competing to better educate their citizens, the healthy competition had led to the establishment of the world’s top education systems. Here are some of best from around the world:

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1. Japan

With a society that is so technologically advanced in comparison to other countries, it should not come as a surprise that they would stress the importance of having a proper education.

Japan is one of the top countries for math, science, and literacy. It likely has something to do with how their education system is structured. In this country, all student have six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, and three years of high school.

After high school, of course, the student decides whether or not they wish to receive a higher education at a university. It is not required of Japanese citizens to attend high school, but enrollment stays at a steady 98%.

2. Barbados

A small island country, Barbados is only 21 miles in length and 14 miles in width. It has a population of about 284, 996 people. Thanks to the large investment the government made in education, they can boast a 98% literacy rate, ranking among the highest.

For those growing up and learning on the small island, Primary school runs from ages 4 to 11 and secondary school for ages 11 to 18.
On either level, most schools are owned and run by the island’s government.

3. New Zealand

The small island country to the east of Australia also makes it to the top of the list. In New Zealand, primary education is set for students between the ages of 5 to 11 and secondary education for those from 12 to 19. Education between ages 6 and 16 is compulsory.

85% of student educated are taught in state schools, private schools that have been integrated into the state system educate about 12%, and 3% percent are educated at private institutions.

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4. Estonia

About 4% of Estonia’s GDP is spent on education. According to the Education Act of 1992 “to create favorable conditions for the development of personality, family and the Estonian nation; to promote the development of ethnic minorities, economic, political and cultural life in Estonia and the preservation of nature in the global economic and cultural context; to teach the values of citizenship; and to set up the prerequisites for creating a tradition of lifelong learning nation-wide.”

5. Netherlands

In a 2013 study conducted by Unicef, Dutch children appeared the happiest among globally surveyed school-aged kids. Students receive little to no homework until they reach the secondary level, and have reported feeling almost no pressure and very little stress.

The country divides schools into three categories: faith-based schools, “neutral” state schools, and a handful of private schools.

6. Belgium

This country’s secondary system is a little different from others. They are split into four “genres” known as: art secondary education institutions, vocational secondary schools, technical secondary schools, and general secondary schools.

According to the Fulbright Commission in the US, “Education enjoys a high priority, and the largest share of the regional governments’ annual budget in Belgium. Complete systems of public and private schools are available to all children between the ages of 4 to 18, at little or no cost.

7. Switzerland

While many countries are known for the abundance of high-end private schools, only about 5% of children are ever taught there. The country educates its students by presenting lessons in various languages, depending on the part of the country one is living in.

Some lessons are taught in German, while others may be taught in French or Italian. After primary, children are separated by level of ability when they enter secondary school.

These are just a few of the places that have some of the best places to learn. Depending on what you want to learn from school, one of the countries on the list might be the right place for you.

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