India has one of the world’s highest-performing countries in maths, but a new study has found that the people who score best are not Indian-born but migrants from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“The main reasons behind this phenomenon are the skills of the students and their families,” the paper, titled “Is India’s Math Talent Surge a Mystery?”, states.
The paper was published in the Journal of International Migration and Development.
Indian-born students in the UK and Ireland scored well on national tests, but only in the second year.
The study found that “in the last year, the number of Indian-British students graduating from UK universities has increased by 70 per cent.”
The report, however, found that a third of these graduates were “not educated in the first place.”
The study found: “The first-year graduation rate for Indian-Britons is the highest in Europe, although it has fallen since 2010.
It also seems to be a reflection of the fact that the Indian-UK education system is still developing, with many schools continuing to be built and students still learning in traditional classrooms.”
A separate study, from the Centre for International Migration Studies, also found that, “India has the highest proportion of foreign-born children in the country’s primary schools (17 per cent), but the figure for secondary schools is relatively low (12 per cent).”
The UK also has the lowest proportion of Indian graduates in its primary schools and it is also relatively low for secondary school students.
“Indian students from Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi backgrounds scored the worst on international tests.
The UK has one the lowest percentages of Indian students in tertiary education.
If the UK does not increase its share in the labour force, it will have a negative impact on its GDP,” Dr R.R. Nandita, a professor at the University of Warwick, told BBC News. “
We do not have a good measure of Indian participation in the workforce.
If the UK does not increase its share in the labour force, it will have a negative impact on its GDP,” Dr R.R. Nandita, a professor at the University of Warwick, told BBC News.
In his research paper, Professor Nanditas said it was likely that a large part of the UK’s success in maths is down to its ethnic composition.
However, the research paper also found some positives for India.
“It is likely that the increased Indian population in Britain over the last decade is mainly due to a number of factors,” Professor Nisbet told BBC World Service.
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