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Education

Students in east China and Vietnam top rich-world peers

Lower incomes not a bar to educational achievement, World Bank says

A boy writes on a board during the first day of the year at Thuc Nghiem school in Hanoi.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Long before emerging as one of the leading proponents of Brexit, Michael Gove's role as British education minister took him to Asia, where he declared in 2010 that "places like Shanghai and Singapore put us to shame," when it comes to quality of schooling.

Perhaps Gove should not have been surprised, given that the previous year Shanghai topped the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's PISA science rankings. The Program for International Student Assessment scores are published every three years and rank students in mathematics, science and reading.

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