What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

WHEN the island of Singapore became an independent country in 1965, it had few friends and even fewer natural resources. How did it become one of the world’s great trading and financial centres? The strategy, explained Lee Kuan Yew, its first prime minister, was “to develop Singapore’s only available natural resource: its people”. Today Singapore’s education system is considered the best in the world. The country consistently ranks at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries, in…

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Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries queuing up for trade deals

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries queuing up for trade deals

Other countries are “queuing up” to sign trade deals with the UK once it leaves the EU, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary also said the UK would not be “hauling up the drawbridge” despite new migration controls promised by Theresa May. Mrs May set out her Brexit strategy – which includes pulling out of the EU single market – in a speech on Tuesday. She also warned the EU not to try to “punish” the UK, saying she would walk away unless the right deal was offered. Brexit…

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