China has traditionally excelled in international maths contests. Photo: Shutterstock

Something doesn’t add up: Chinese blame rigid education system for country’s decline in international maths contest

  • Web users say schools’ ‘force-feeding’ of pupils and ban on extracurricular training is stifling innovation and creative thinking
  • Chinese team finished well behind America in international competition for high school pupils
Topic |   China Society

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China has traditionally excelled in international maths contests. Photo: Shutterstock
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Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the South China Morning Post. She likes to write human-interest stories and has written many about people living on the fringes of society. She believes there's no story or person that's too small.