Shanghai (China), Hong Kong and Singapore were ranked the top three countries out of the 65 involved in the maths, science and reading categories in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results. The UK fell behind its global rivals whilst the US showed little improvement. PISA is given to 15-year-old pupils around the world every three years and has become a standard to assess the economic development of the countries involved.

South Korea schoolchildren. Pic: AP

The results, which have become a gold standard to assess countries against each other in terms of education systems, are just out, and they beg some serious questions.

What do you think, are Asian children really more hard working and more motivated?

Is the Asian education system really producing smarter children?

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 You can read more about the 2012 results here