Moscow has been ranked fifth in the world for the quality of education after Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Helsinki and Tokyo, according to Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm that has analysed changes in Moscow’s education system between 2010 and 2017 and compared it to 20 other megacities. Its conclusions have been presented in a report titled Education in Moscow: Improving Effectiveness amid Global Changes.
The Bain experts analysed three key indicators: standards of knowledge, extracurricular education, information infrastructure, as well as individual talents.
Moscow is among the leaders in terms of three parts of the Knowledge block: the average standards of knowledge, knowledge density and the achievements of the best schoolchildren.
Moscow ranks sixth in the world for mathematical literacy after Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.
According to the report, 42 percent of Moscow schoolchildren attend sports sections, 30 percent culture and arts groups, and 29 percent opt for additional technical education. Moscow schools are taking part in pre-vocational education programmes where secondary school pupils can try their hand at various professions. The overwhelming majority of them choose engineering and medical classes.
The results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests held in 2016 have shown that Moscow school education is among the top 10 systems in the world in terms of reading and mathematical literacy and among the top 20 in terms of scientific literacy.