China’s superpower economy still needs a superpower post-secondary system

ABC News reports:

In China, the gaokao or high exam, is both a blessing and a curse for students. Doing well on the test means going to college, but just passing the test doesn’t guarantee anything, despite a young lifetime of preparation.

This year, around 9.5 million high school students took the grueling, multi-day college entrance exam, competing for 6.5 million university positions. The test, a rite of passage, turns its highest scorers into instant celebrities. The interesting revelation: most of those high scorers rarely end up making history by becoming the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

China Daily, an English language newspaper, surveyed more than a thousand top scorers from 1977 to 2008 and found that “none of them stood out in the field of academics, business or politics.”

Experts say the survey is proof that China has an innovation problem.

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