Staggering Demand for International Schools in Asia

November 2, 2006

International schools offering European or American elementary and secondary school curricula in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, are experiencing huge and growing waiting lists, because the growth of international commerce has drawn millions of expatriate Americans. Qualified teachers are in short supply; many schools are at or over capacity; student-teacher ratios are coming under pressure; teaching resources are sometimes stretched; competition is driving up the costs of attracting the best staff; and, ultimately, costs of education may have to rise significantly. There are an estimated 3,000 international schools worldwide, and tuition is often $20,000 US or higher. International Herald Tribune