It is the 5th most expensive on earth, but does Taiwanese education really offer value for money?
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
As the father of a toddler, my wife and I have been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of the
Taiwanese education system of late as we try to decide whether to school our daughter here or back in the UK. We have spoken to teachers, parents, and students to learn their views.
So, the news that Taiwanese parents spend the 5th highest amount in the world on educating their children, is something that got me thinking about whether, given the huge outlay required, the Taiwanese education system really offers value for money.
In the UK, Taiwan enjoys a strong reputation for education, along with many other East Asian nations. Indeed, with the OECD ranking Taiwan as the joint-fourth best place in the world to get an education, many of our friends in the UK have assumed that we will want to educate here.
Andreas Schleicher, the OECD Education Director claims that their rankings allow countries “to compare themselves against the world’s education leaders, to discover their relative strengths and weaknesses, and to see what the long-term economic gains from improved quality in schooling could be for them.” [FULL STORY]