The children of cleaners in the Chinese
city of Shanghai are outperforming the children of US and British professionals
such as doctors and lawyers at maths,
a study found.
British and American children also fared
badly against children from similar family backgrounds in other countries
worldwide, OECD analysts said.
"In the United States and the United
Kingdom, where professionals are among the highest paid in the world, students
whose parents work as professionals do not perform as well in mathematics as
children of professionals in other countries," they stated.
"Nor do they perform as well as the
children in Shanghai, China and Singapore, whose parents work in manual
occupations," they added.
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The findings are contained in an analysis
of the global Pisa test rankings, an international league table first released
by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), a
grouping of rich nations, in December 2013.
The study concluded that there was
inevitably a strong relationship between parents' occupations and student
But it said the results show "that it
is possible to provide children of factory workers (with) the same high-quality
education opportunities that children of lawyers and doctors enjoy".
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