Asian children outclass their Australian classmates at schools
Posted on March 22, 2018
Asian schoolchildren are performing better academically than their Australian classmates at schools in the Land Down Under, says a new OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report.
The report, the Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background, also demonstrated that Asian Students, particularly from China, India and the Philippines, who have recently relocated to the country, are more ambitious about their careers and feel more affiliated to their schools.
Yousif Barbo, a recent Iraqi migrant in Sydney, is said to be one such student. Yousif was quoted by SBS News as saying that the education system in Australia is much more supportive of its future citizens. That is why they are supported so well here, he said.
Peter Wade, a principal of Patrician Brothers’ College, a school in Sydney, which attracts students belonging to over 38 different nationalities, said that their school works to ensure that those who have recently settled in Australia are integrated better into the school and feel they belong here.
He says that many of these children’s parents come from different academic backgrounds abroad, and they surely want their children to figure out their career paths.
This report saw Australia being ranked 7th out of 64 countries evaluated, depending on the migrant students’ academic showing. Oz was said to be ahead of the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Emma Campbell, CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, said that it was an instance of the positive impact that migrant students have upon Australia’s society.
She said that they should highlight this to commend the contribution of migrants to Australia. Campbell said that statistics of this kind are being seen in the other fields of their society and economy.
It also found that students from India, China and the Philippines substantially outshone their classmates who were born in Australia while their counterparts from the United Kingdom and New Zealand were not so likely to reach normal standards.
The report also said that migrant students had 11 percent more chances of having ambitious career hopes of becoming professionals, managers or technicians.
Saying that she was not surprised, Campbell said that most migrant parents want their children to excel in the future.
She concluded by saying that migrants were highly determined and their children were single-minded in their decisions to make the best use of the opportunities provided to them by the great education system of Australia.