Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua
Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua
Winston Mok
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Winston Mok

In the US-China tussle for the best brains, Beijing cannot afford to rest easy, even on good Pisa test scores

  • China’s top international test scores belie an education system constrained by rigid exams and political correctness, with very different outcomes geographically. As the US-China rivalry extends to human capital, Beijing must improve the system

Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua
Candidates for gaokao, the all-important university entrance examinations, relax outside an examination venue in Pingliang city, Gansu province last June. China’s education system risks breeding overtrained test takers, rather than innovative thinkers. Photo: Xinhua
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