More than 25% of junior high and primary school students born in Shanghai expect to work and live abroad after finishing school, a survey has found. The survey also found that girls have a strong aspiration to settle down overseas. 30% of girls said they wanted to settle down overseas, compared to 24% of boys.
Data from the Ministry of Education showed more than 330,000 people across China went abroad to study in 2011, making the country the biggest supplier of students to Western schools. Many high schools across the country have special classes for students applying for universities overseas.