There are 11 countries with the weirdest education systems in the world. Which countries and what are their peculiarities?
Education is of great importance for individuals and society. Every country has a different education system. Whether during the holidays or at the beginning of the new school year.
But you should know that some of these countries also have schools with unique and “strange” educational systems. Ranging from the biggest schools to schools that liberate their students. Here are 10 countries with education systems considered odd, summarized from multiple sources.
Students attending school in China are often cited as the ones who get the most homework in the world. According to an article in the South China Morning Post, about 60% of students aged 6 to 17 don’t get a good night’s sleep (8 hours a day). In addition, if they not only do their homework but also have to do tutoring work. Even students can spend an average of 14 hours a week just doing homework.
India has the largest school in the world. The school, called The City Montessori School, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest school in the world with 52,000 students and 1,050 classes.
Unfortunately, the state’s education funds are only around 11 percent. This value is well below Indonesia, which is around 20 percent. However, India is one of the most technologically literate countries. As a result, a lot is invested in IT companies in this country.
Schools in Chile have quite long holidays. Schools in Chile last from mid-December to early March, especially after the summer holidays. The 3 months after this is given time for the students to enjoy the holidays.
While schools usually only provide special holidays for summer and winter, this is different in France. The school is known for giving its students 4 vacation periods. Then, another peculiarity, primary schools in France only have 4 – 4.5 school days per week. The situation is different for grammar schools and universities, which apply for 5 more days for school activities.
In general, a new school must be necessary for each new lesson. When students in Germany go to school every new school year, they receive a cone-shaped gift called a Schultüte, which contains pens, pencils, books, and snacks. These efforts are being made to ensure students return to school with renewed vigor after the long semester break.
Germany is also a country that prohibits homeschooling unless the child has special needs and of course must match a government permit. According to the legal provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany, children between the ages of 6 and 15 are required to go to school.
If a child is absent, the police will come to pick up the child and take them back to school. For this reason, school attendance is compulsory, so in Germany, primary school education up to higher education is free.
As a resource-rich country, Indonesia also has several unique school systems. Even some areas of Indonesia have schools called “Schools of Nature”. The nature school does not mean learning in the middle of the forest, but the nature school curriculum is more research-based, practical, and respectful of the local culture. An example is the Green School in Bali and Sanggar Anak Alam in Yogyakarta.
If there is a nature school in Indonesia, Summerhill School in England has a curriculum that gives students the freedom to be creative. All students are free to choose classes according to their talents and interests, come in and out at any time, and do whatever they want, as long as they do not disturb other people and are responsible for them.
Students in Japan are known to have independence, which is taught from childhood. For example, even pre-school children (TK) were taught to walk to and from school independently. To implement cleanliness, the school does not hire janitors to clean the classroom. So the students have to clean up the classroom themselves after school.
In addition, Japan is a country that does not offer exams for children in grades 1 to 4 or as young as 10 years old. They believe that the first 3 years of school are not for judging a child’s intelligence, but for learning manners and self-character.
In a town called Turin, there is a school with only one student. Because it was too quiet, the school was even called the lonely planet.
Lunch with parents has become an important school culture in Brazil. School, which started at 7 a.m., ended just before lunch.
Bangladesh is regularly hit by floods at least twice a year. Floods not only make access to clean water more difficult but also make it difficult for children to attend school. To solve this problem, Shidulai Swanirvar Sangstha’s organization created a floating school.
There are currently at least 100 floating schools in the form of ships with various facilities such as laptops, internet access, and libraries. This floating school is powered by solar energy. Till now this floating school in Bangladesh already has thousands of students.
If you had to choose, which country would you like to study in? Would you like to study independently in Japan, attend a free school in England or try a nature school in Indonesia? Whatever it is, education is important for us.