February 3, 2012

Why Chinese students come out at the top while Indians hit the bottom!

A handful of weeks back, in the ACER PISA test – the OECD's annual global assessment of students' skills (for South and South East Asia) – India came second from the bottom defeating Kyrgyzstan while China topped the list. This acts as the final nail in the coffin of India’s dented education system. In spite of arrays of pan-Indian educational programs, India still has not been able to make education inclusive for all. On the contrary, China since the last four decades has been rolling out ambitious plans to revamp their education system, which is evident from the way they are storming into global rankings.

Chinese education is a very consistent blend of Confucian theories and modern concepts mixed with Chinese national developmental policies. Chinese education, unlike ours, focuses on both socio-cultural and political aspects of the nation. The current Chinese education system extends from the guidelines that Premier Zhou Enlai gave in 1974; guidelines that are popularly known as sì gè xiàn dài huà or the 'Four Modernizations'. And what are these? The education system in China revolves around agriculture, industry, technology and defense – that, as per the Chinese, are pivotal for the country’s development. China today has installed key schools meant for highly academically inclined students. China has adopted a policy of providing nine-year compulsory education to all with a special emphasis on vocational training and higher education. This nine year of compulsory education makes a child conversant with mathematics, science and Chinese literature.

Interestingly, even rural students undergo similar training; and by the end of the ninth year of education, the rural student is at par with his urban counterpart. Contrast this with India, where a high-school student is unable to solve a basic mathematical problem or frame a sentence on his own. Moreover, Indian rural schools are mired with problems of infrastructure and above all suffer largely from the curse of teachers' absenteeism. On an average, more than 30 per cent of teachers are found absent in rural schools. In order to curb this menace, China pays their teachers based on student scores. Thus, a large component of teachers’ salaries depends on their students’ performance. Yet, there’s a balance. The better the school (based on the students' score) more is the fees they charge, thus increasing competition and quality both at the same time. Back in 2007, an article published in BBC stated, “China is now the largest higher education system in the world: it awards more university degrees than the US and India combined... The rate of university expansion has been beyond anything [that] anyone in the West can easily imagine.”
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21 comments:

pinkey said...

Indian student are far better than others but due to lack in infrastructure and dirty politics they just change their citizenship.

sonia said...

Government school teachers doesn't focus on their students and thatsy student can't get their education properly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Varun said...

Indian students are definitely more comfortable in their studies and get along with Americans much better than Chinese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alok said...

I do not think Chinese do better because of our higher average iq versus your lower average iq. it's more to do with self-worth and how much motivation you have. Indians have self-worth and have little motivation.

armaan said...

Education system in India has not made a huge change for the last so many years. It needs to change with time and the world.

Manoj Sharma said...

our ministers can make a huge difference if they want to!!!!! If they start thinking of India's future instead of themselves.

Brijesh Chaudhuri said...

The education system need to make serious changes so that we are on par with the rest of the world.

saurav said...

A sad and true fact.. Many times is poverty,, because many bright students don't really have the required resources for better future...

Ganesh said...

Students in china can make their own decision about their choice of field while in india many parents still force their child to take-up courses that their child is not own interested...............

Rahul kumar said...

Proper training classes at junior level itself can make a huge difference.

pinki said...

Can't blame all students in India,s just look at the quality of education in south India!!

Harish Verma said...

Basic difference is the education system in both the countries...

anuj sharma said...

Some parents in India put on too much pressure on their child for better performance, and are even forced to choose a career which they don't exactly want to..

Gaurav said...

Mostly teacher's in govt schools don't do their duty the best way.

Scorpion said...

The only way to help the students get a decent education from the public school system and not bankrupt the state any more is to eliminate the teachers union. End of story!

Feifan Chang said...

There is sufficient material on the advantages of mother tongue tuition till end of primary school and even beyond. But the surrounding global society does not support this.

vadivel selvarajan said...

a student of class 9 is taught ohm's law,hormones but he is not psychologically matured to take a progress card report positively. the words of such mentors stab hard.

Woodpeckie said...

Some of the finest education changes in India have been in its view.Quite different from the early 90s, higher education in India has been riding on the requirements of right career copportunities.computer courses, vocational courses in India,undergraduate courses in India or any other course in the country has inculcatated a great potential.

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The way the school handles social and emotional issues should be similar to your approach at home. Consistency for preschool age children is essential in helping them develop. some best playschools in Chennai are there to take care of it perfectly

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