World schools ranking

Based on Math and Science
Asian countries claimed the top five spots in a global math-and-science-education ranking administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) while the U.S. placed 28th, below much poorer countries such as the Czech Republic and Vietnam.
Singapore ranked best in the world, with Hong Kong placing second and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan rounding out top five, reports the BBC.
At sixth, Finland is the first non-Asian country to appear in the rankings; Ghana came in last place.
“The idea is to give more countries, rich and poor, access to comparing themselves against the world’s education leaders, to discover their relative strengths and weaknesses, and to see what the long-term economic gains from improved quality in schooling could be for them,” said OECD education director Andreas Schleicher.
The new rankings are different the more well-known PISA scores, which traditionally focuses on affluent nations. The latest version, based on tests taken in different regions worldwide, includes 76 countries of varying economic status.
“This is the first time we have a truly global scale of the quality of education,” said Schleicher.
Below is the top 10 as reported by the BBC.

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. South Korea
  4. Japan
  5. Taiwan
  6. Finland
  7. Estonia
  8. Switzerland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Canada


  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. South Korea
  4. Japan (joint)
  5. Taiwan (joint)
  6. Finland
  7. Estonia
  8. Switzerland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Canada
  11. Poland
  12. Vietnam
  13. Germany
  14. Australia
  15. Ireland
  16. Belgium
  17. New Zealand
  18. Slovenia
  19. Austria
  20. United Kingdom
  21. Czech Republic
  22. Denmark
  23. France
  24. Latvia
  25. Norway
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Spain
  28. Italy (joint)
  29. United States (joint)
  30. Portugal
  31. Lithuania
  32. Hungary
  33. Iceland
  34. Russia
  35. Sweden
  36. Croatia
  37. Slovak Republic
  38. Ukraine
  39. Israel
  40. Greece
  41. Turkey
  42. Serbia
  43. Bulgaria
  44. Romania
  45. UAE
  46. Cyprus
  47. Thailand
  48. Chile
  49. Kazakhstan
  50. Armenia
  51. Iran
  52. Malaysia
  53. Costa Rica
  54. Mexico
  55. Uruguay
  56. Montenegro
  57. Bahrain
  58. Lebanon
  59. Georgia
  60. Brazil
  61. Jordan
  62. Argentina
  63. Albania
  64. Tunisia
  65. Macedonia
  66. Saudi Arabia
  67. Colombia
  68. Qatar
  69. Indonesia
  70. Botswana
  71. Peru
  72. Oman
  73. Morocco
  74. Honduras
  75. South Africa
  76. Ghana

    Kenya sijui tuko wapi.

From BBC

  1. Kenya

na nisisi wakenya tunawafanyia assignments and research

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We have educated people but putting the knowledge and skills into good use(innovation and discovery) is hampered by our attitudes and a cruel corrupt system. Though somethings taught in schools seem to be intended to only add to the bulk of units in courses.

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One political leader in Kenya cannot prove they finished high school. Not good!

Thats one part though. Cultural perspectives are the other major ingredient to productivity of such intellect. The japanese and chinese have been known to be better and faster at computation than any other people for centuries. However, foundation of modern mathematics and science was laid by westerners. Simply because their culture allowed the likes of descartes, fourier, Lagrange, liebniz, faraday, newton, etc to spend an entire life pursuing to improve their respective disciplines. That streak can be seen even today. A westerner will spend an entire life deciphering one thing or the other and never bothering much about anything else.


The culture of patience and dedication. Did you know the ancient abacus is still used by some Chinese merchants? The oldest calculator.

I saw some under 10 japanese children doing maths on that abacus and they were like producing answers like 54585417954.6846884 in a second. They were so much used to the abacus that they didnt have they physical one and were using imaginary abacus.

Cool education system that one.