Sounds similar to what I've seen in Vietnam. I've stayed in Vietnam for about 3 months now and it seemed the children here have to study a bit too hard. I mean there are several things which are pretty harsh in my opinion:People always say "Asian are the best ones" or "If you are good at this, surely Asian will be better". What is the point of those comment? It is because that the education in Asia is too harsh and unpractical for the students. And I consider myself as a victim of that education system.
We have to study theoretical subjects like Math, Literature, Physics, Chemistry for 12 years. I mean like, we ain't even good at every subject, but the teachers and parents expect us to be excellent in all subjects.
I'm pretty sure that every one has their own hobby. For instance, I have a passion for drawing and psychology. But in my country, those careers are not well paid and respected by the society, so in the end we all have to study the thing that the society prefer. If you want to follow those passions, you have to study abroad and work at there, because there is no chance you can get a job in this country.
Overall, the education in my country sucks.
Yeah, it's free and is generally good, except for the fact that many schools have so little funds that often have poor infrastructures (especially in the south), like lack of computers or just plain old buildings. But the subjects taught are really good, they give a general 360° knowledge compared to other countries.In Italy education is free of charge, university applay small charge about 1 month work/year