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Chinese children beat Western kids at maths: study

Published on Feb 19, 2014 1:48 AM

PARIS (AFP) - 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 on Tuesday.

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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