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Top 5 Countries’ Education System

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Education is the foundation of a country. With great education, the country will be great. The reason is that education can shape the next generation who will replace and become the country’s driver.

Education in a country is regulated with the term “education system”. One country with another has a different education system. It is caused by the difference in social, economic, culture, and human resources of the country itself. 

Here are 5 countries with the best education system in 2019 based on worldtop20.com

1. Finland

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It has been common knowledge that Finland has the best education system. But only a few know that the teachers in Finland adopted the comprehension from US’ education expert, John Dewey, that the students can choose their own way.

Another interesting fact is that education in Finland is free. It started at the age of 7. You may need to know that Finland’s educational stage is different from other countries’.

The early stage is called Basic Education, lasting for 9 years, 190 study days for each year. In this stage, the school and teacher have room to revise and revamp the curriculum so that it is suitable for the uniqueness of the students. The next stage is called Upper Secondary for 3 years and continued with Higher Education which is also free.

2. South Korea

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Around the 1950s, after the Korean War, South Korea was categorized as one of the poorest countries in the world. Now, the country is listed in 12 countries with the largest economy and the fourth biggest in Asia.

Education there started as the focus when the extraordinary economic rise. The government and even the households there allocate a lot of funds for education.
That is why education achievement there has an important role because it can affect social mobility, income levels, and position of power.

For your information, there are 3 top universities in South Korea. The graduates can be confirmed that they will get strategic positions in government or powerful business conglomerates.

South Korea is also well-known for its biggest cram school industry since the students would compete hardly to enter and graduate from the top schools and universities there.

3. Denmark

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Education in Denmark is obligatory for children under the age of 15 or 16. Danish children can choose whether to attend Folkeskole or private school. Folkeskole is supported by the government, it is free. While the private school has a voucher system. This obligatory education is on the Primary and Lower Secondary Education stage.

The next stage would be the Upper Secondary Education where 82% of young people take this stage. In this stage, the students will choose one of four education exams, those are The Higher Preparatory Examination (hf), The Higher Commercial Examination Programme (hhx), The Higher General Examination Programme (stx), The Higher Technical Examination Programme (htx). Those exams will determine the students to enter the Higher Education stage.

4. Hong Kong

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Hong Kong takes the UK as a reference of its education system. Primary and Junior Secondary School are free and compulsory in Hong Kong, it means that the children from the age of 6 until 15 will have guaranteed sufficient education.

Jumping to tertiary education, Hong Kong has 8 top universities. Among them is the most prestigious and oldest one, the University of Hong Kong. In 1910, it was established on the foundations of the Hong Kong College of Medicine.

Now, it has 10 faculties which are faculties of architecture, arts, business & economics, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, science, and social studies. 

5. United Kingdom

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The UK’s education system has 4 main parts, those are primary education, secondary education, further education, and higher education. The compulsory education started at the age of 5 on the primary level and ended at the age of 16 on the secondary level.

If we dive deeper into the primary and secondary educations, those are divided into 4 key stages. 5-7 years old is on key stage 1; 7-11 years old is on key stage 2; 11-14 is on key stage 3;  14-16 years old is on key stage 4.

Each key stage has its own assessment, and the most important is on the key stage 4’s assessment which the students who passed it will get GCSE or General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is a ticket for the students to go to further education or finish school and enter the working world.

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