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Britain has the second-best education system in Europe, trailing only Finland, thanks to its strong science teaching and its high literacy, school completion and university graduation rates, according to a global review. The table puts the UK sixth in the world. The only large countries to beat it were South Korea and Japan. Such a strong performance will shock politicians. In the 2009 “Pisa” tests, given to 15-year-olds in the OECD, the association of developed nations, Britain finished 23rd, scoring below the OECD average. Financial Times The Times