Canadians have long been proud of their education system for providing top-notch educational opportunities to Canadians and international students alike, and, according to a new study, the rest of the world has noticed. The study, completed by U.S. News, ranked countries around the world on a range of factors, including education. Canada ranked third overall for education.
The study was a “perception-based global survey,” meaning that results are based on how issues are perceived by respondents around the world. Regarding education, respondents were asked to respond to three central issues:
- Does the country have a well-developed public education system?
- Would you consider attending university there?
- Does the country provide a top quality education?
According to the study, Canada was surpassed by only the United States and the United Kingdom for their education systems.
Why is Canada’s education system so good?
There are two major reasons why Canada’s education system is so well-liked around the world. First, Canada has an exceptional free public schooling system for all children in Canada up to the completion of high school. Second, Canada has a range of world-class universities and colleges, with a web of other post-secondary schools that give students professional as well as technical training.
Canada’s education system begins with primary and secondary school. This typically consists of eleven or twelve years of study, commencing when a child turns five. Once a person completes their secondary schooling, they receive a high school diploma.
Many primary and secondary schools in Canada are free and open to the public, though there are private school options. Canada’s public schools maintain a high-quality of education, which is likely a contributing factor to Canada’s high placement in the U.S. News study.