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How are students educated in schools in YOUR country, where you came from?

Each country has a different education system. In most of the Eastern countries, students are only forced to go to great universities, in spite of their careers and what they want to do in the future. Since I am a student in South Korea, I am forced to only get good scores on exams and surrounded with full of excessive competitions among students. The whole society forces us to go to a famous college and just to gain reputations.

However, many people detect that the current education system is on the wrong track; and although a lot of people stood up in order to reform it, not many significant changes have happened. So I am willing to make an organization to change the current education system and lead the students into the right way of future. Before I actually put it into practice, I really want to hear from all of you about what your countries' real purpose of education is and how students are educated in schools. It would help me learn about education systems from all around the world, from diversity of countries. I would certainly appreciate your participation!

When I was researching for education around the world, I came to a conclusion that every nation's education is deeply connected with different cultures and historical backgrounds. So if you know anything about your country's history or cultures related to education, I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S Since I am a middle school student and have assignments to complete, it would take sone time for me to answer your comments. If you don't mind, I might write you back little later.

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  • Sep 12 2013: Hi everyone, I am from Viet Nam, I also want to share the education system in my country.

    In Viet Nam, we have 5 years in elementary school, 4 years in middle school and 3 years in high school. We study around 14-15 subjects and usually focus on main ones such Mathematics, Physical, Chemistry, Foreign Languages (mainly English). There are many complaints about studying program because it's hard for students and we usually pay attention more in theory than practice. For instance, when learning English, we just study grammar and vocabulary, but don't care more about speaking and listening skill, that's why we have to extra-study in language centres if we want to improve these both English skills. Especially, pupils from primary schools have extra-study in centres too much, because their parents don't want them to be worse than others.

    After grade 12, we have an common exam in the whole of country to check whether or not we can graduate from high school. This exam, in my point of view, is quite easy. Then, we have to take an university exam and I think although it's not so difficult and complicated as in China, Korea or Japan, it's still a big problem for me. In Viet Nam, cheating and copying is very popular, even in any schools. For instance, a student meets difficulties when taking the Mathematics exam, he/she will ask others to copy the answer rather than abandon it, although maybe he/she doesn't understand anything. Students are usually under many pressures from parents, they have to get the high grade to make their parents happy. So don't surprise when you teach or study here.

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