September 9, 2014 12:32 PM

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TOKYO (AFP) - Weak public spending on education in East Asia is leaving families to pick up the tab, heaping huge burdens on parents who want to get children through college, a new global report has found.

Improving academic results, particularly in maths, are being underwritten by pricey private tutoring despite the society-wide benefits of a better-educated population, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said.

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