Poor people rely more on the state for essential services and assistance than those in the middle and upper classes, who have more options available to them.
In common with the best international schools, Year 10 students at the school established in Burriam, Thailand by former Senator Mechai Viravaidya, spend a year away from home (in this case, to the Thai beach resort area of Pattaya). There they experience a different culture, gain independence, and develop teamwork as they transition to young adults.
Asia and the Pacific face challenges in reforming education and skills development but there are also real opportunities.
It is up to policy makers to unlock the enormous potential of services in the People’s Republic of China.
High test scores by primary school students do not necessarily translate into more innovative, competitive economies. But they probably don’t hurt either.