Education is one of the necessities of the humans and, therefore, a prime responsibility and obligation of the states and governments to impose it without any regional or class discrimination. A state is a combination and arrangement of a number of systems being run by the state machinery. Among the others, Education is a system that requires an organized systematization, coordination and structural development from grassroots to higher levels of and around the society. The education itself is a proof to the progressiveness and development of the nations.The most developed nations in the worlds have most developed and best education systems while, the underdeveloped, struggling ones and one with the bad economy and global ranks have the bad education systems when compared to the developed ones. West is considered to be the most developed ones when it comes to education which however isn’t the case especially when you talk about the USA, Australian continent and overall European continent.
Here is a list of top ten 20 countries with doing well and strengthening their education systems.
The rankings are confirmed with the combination of the OECD’s Pisa tests, international tests, Int. Mathematics & Science Study, Int. Reading Literacy Study and other US Studies. Asians (South and South East followed by Norwegians) and then others are once again leading the world in the best education providers of the world.
1. South Korea
Japan and south-Korea have fierce competition for the 1st rank. Koreans defeated Japan in 3 levels. Japan despite investing in childhood education is compromised in some rankings as no#2 and almost tying with Japan in the ranks. Do you know that children in South Korea attend school often seven-day a week? The national education budget estimated last year was $11,300,000,000. Korean is the primary language and learning mode of the country. The literacy rate is total 97.9% out of which males are sharing 99.2% and 96.6% of females. Korea’s economic development and prosperity is a proof to its development and innovation in education. Apart, from Korean, strong efforts have been made to pour quality English language in the education systems. The GDP (PPP) per capita estimated in 2014 is $34,795.
The Japanese have dominated in the world from the last three-quarters. The technology-based educational structure has provided the nation with some great figures in the knowledge and insight. The strong education has made the country rank in top numbers among the world’s strongest economies. The GDP nearly 5.96 trillion USD is well evident to prove the claim.
One of the four Asian tigers has an impressive economy which obviously is the result of a well-established educational system. The strong and highly ranked primary education system is none less than 3rd rank in the competition. The GDP (PPP) per capita is U$D 64,584 is also number 3rd in the world.
4. Hong Kong
The Education Bureau is administrating the educational policies in the country. The school education management is pretty much in the way as UK model of education. The educational budget for the last year was $39, 420 per capita. The primary, secondary and higher education levels are exemplary in their approach and work. English and Cantonese Chinese are the mainstream languages for educational texts. The 94.6% literacy rate is making a pretty good sense about the numbers. The GDP (PPP) per capita accumulated in 2014 is $404.892 billion.
A number of folks still consider Finland as no#1 in the best educational system which exactly isn’t the fact anymore. The premature child admission is a big drawback in the system. The no tuition fees system has an annual educational budget of €11.1 billion. Krista Kiuru is the heading the ministry of education. The male & female literacy rate is 100/100 from the year 2000. The enrollment in primary, secondary and post-secondary modules are impressive too. The country’s Gross domestic product wasn’t less than $36,395 (per capita).
With the devolution of the Education in UK, the individual governments are administrating the matters relating education on their own. The Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and English governments are minding their businesses on an individual basis instead of a collective dealing under kingdom’s authorities. The Pearson has ranked UK second in the European ranks and given the rank of #6 in the worldwide ratings in their 2014 publication. However, as a matter of fact Scottish system has a slight edge over the England when it comes to comparative competitiveness. The GDP per capita is 21st highest in the world with $38,711.
GDP per Capita: $44,656
Canada is investing 5.4% of its Gross Domestic Product in the education sector. English and French are the primary levels for interacting with bookish knowledge. The literacy rates are not less than 99% (Both male & female). The attainment ratio is also recording good percentages. The college graduates have the world’s highest ratio. The Canadians follow compulsion in the education up to the 16 (most provinces) or 18 years (exception for a couple). The educational calendar varies from 180-190 days. The results will be impressive to a great extent after prioritizing the investments in childhood education.
GDP per Capita: $42,586
The low investments, weak planning and management in the high school education, have put Netherlanders on 8th in the ranking. Despite a strong child education structures, the country isn’t delivering much good in the overall ratings under the current ministering of Jet Bussemaker. The Dutch, German, West Frisian and English are the key languages to impart education in the state. However, the country should be accredited for stepping up in the lists by consistent improvements seen.
The Irish government is having an investment of 8.759 billion euro annually on the education. The literacy rate is 99% for each male and female. The education in the country is free for all levels from primary to third or college/university level. The students from the European Union are the only to be charged for fees and funds, mainly the tuition fees. The department of Education and skills under the Ministering of Jan O’Sullivan overlooks the policies and management of the education system.
GDP per Capita: $21,118
The polish ministry of education is heading the business in the country. The Pearson and Economist combine ranked the country as the 4th best in Europe and the no#10 in the world on the accounts of its well established primary, secondary (lower and upper) educational bases. Katarzyna Hall is the current educational minister of the country who has brought a number of reforms in the education sector.
GDP per Capita: $57,998
The Denmark’s educational structure consists of Pre-school, primary, secondary, higher and adult education. The secondary education further divided into gymnasium, higher preparatory, higher commercial, and higher technical and vocational education examination programs. Likewise, post-secondary education also includes a number of programs. The education is compulsory for the children up to the age of 16. The “Folkeskole” or post-secondary education isn’t mandatory, but 82% of the students are enrolled which is a damn positive thing for the nation. The educational and UN’s Human development indexes are among the highest in the world. The tuition costs and expenses are nothing. The students enjoy the best aids in terms of fees, scholarships and other financial matters. The Danish is lucky to have one of the best educational systems accrediting them a minimum of 99% literacy (both men and women).
GDP per Capita: $41,248
Germany is dedicated to developing one of the best educational systems in the world. The education is fully a state matter and hence has nothing to do with the federal government. The kindergarten is optional, but the secondary education is compulsory. Secondary education follows five types of schools. German universities are among one of the world’s best institutes and a powerhouse to impart education in Europe.
GDP per Capita: $14,645
There is much that can be done to improve the ranks as the country has never prioritized or paid heed to the childhood and primary education. The 1st September is celebrated as knowledge day in the Russia. The literacy rate is rounded off to 100%. A World Bank survey figured the 54% of Russian labor force as graduated which is undoubtedly the highest achievement in college level education in the world. The current educational expenditures are above 20 billion USD of the year 2011.
14. United States
GDP per Capita: $54,980 (6th highest in the world)
Many would fancy US as the nation top ranked in the education systems which is a far off thing. Despite a well developed and one of the strongest economies in the world, the educational systems are ranked are not even cracking in the top 10. The $1.3 trillion (overall) national educational budget is earning a literacy rate of 99% (both male & female). 81.5 million Students are enrolled annually with 38% in primary, 26% secondary and 20.5 million making to post-secondary. 85% of the students have attained the secondary diploma while other 30% of the post-secondary diploma holders are also estimated. All the citizens are entitled to free education until high school education.
GDP per Capita: $44,346
Christopher Pyne ministers the department of education. The annual budget is more than $490 million more than 5.10% of GDP in 2009. The English is the primary mode of education in the country. The primary literacy rate is nearly 2 million. The nation owns 99% literacy rate. Secondary diplomas mark a percentage of 75 while post-secondary diploma has 34% attainment. The states and territories are almost in full control of their respective educational systems and boards. The PISA has evaluated the Australian education system in terms of reading, science and mathematics as 6th, 7th & 9th. The Pearson ranked Australian education as #13 in the world.
16. New Zealand
GDP per Capita: $30,493
The Ministry of education is a prime institution for the management of education headed by Hekia Parata. The tertiary education is ministered by Steven Joyce currently. The national education spending incurred by the ministry is NZ$13,183 million for the session 2014-15. English & Maori are the mainstream languages to get educated. The poor primary test scores are a major setback to improve ranks. The PISA accumulates the country 7th in science and reading each while 13ht in math. The education index amassed by HDI ranks country highest in the world but it only assesses the childhood years spent at school instead of the achievement levels.
GDP per Capita: $35,658
The approximately 28 billion Sheqel budget manages the educational business in the country. Hebrew and Arabic support the education in the country. The literacy rate of both males and females is cracking the 100% mark. The primary, middle and high school education make the comprehensive education system of the country. OECD ranked Israel as second most educated nation in the world in 2012. The report revealed the fact that 78% of investments being drawn are public while 45% of the citizens have made to high school or University/college education. The lower rank suggests the very common reason which is obviously poor investment levels in primary and child education.
GDP per Capita: $38,826
Belgium has a diverse education system mainly financed, run and administered by Flemish, German-speaking and French. The federal government has to play a minimal role in sponsoring and funding the community’s education systems. The education in the country is compulsory up to secondary schooling. All the communities follow the same stages of education including basic, preschool, primary, secondary, higher, university and vocational levels. The UN’s education index ranked country 18th in the world.
19. Czech Republic
GDP per Capita: $28,086
The education is free and has compulsion up to the age of 15. The education system mainly has five divisions including pre-school, elementary, high school, colleges, and universities.
GDP per Capita: 47,863 (8th highest in the world)
The education is purely a matter taken by the cantons. The primary education is obligatory for the children in the Swiss state. 10 of the total universities in the confederation are owned and run by the cantons while the remaining two are under federal jurisdiction managed and controlled by State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. Basel is well-known for hosting the centuries-old university of Swiss confederation founded in 1460 and well-known for the medicine and chemical research. The Switzerland has the second highest rank after Australia for enrollment of foreign students in tertiary education. The country owns a relative higher numbers of Nobel Laureates. The country is ranked 25th in science, 8th in math and 15th in overall positions. The Global Competitiveness Report released by World Economic Forum ranked country no#1.
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