This astonishing picture from the Indian state of Bihar, published by several news agencies (also as part of a Daily Telegraph video report), provides a chilling example of the faltering relationship between educational credentials and the labour market. Some were apparently trying to hand in answer sheets folded into paper planes to the 12th grade pupils sitting their exams
Ironically it’s in the faster growing economies where ‘education fever’ is most extreme. Last year, over 2,000 Chinese students were caught cheating during a national exam, using elaborate high-tech gear to do so, with Chinese state television reporting that invigilators detected abnormal radio signals from an illegal frequency during national licensing tests for pharmacists in Shaanxi province.
In South Korea where university tuition fees are the third most expensive out of all the OECD countries, suicide is the largest cause of death among young people aged 15-24 years. Like China…
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