Kids walk in a straight line on an extremely steep cliff to get to Banpo Primary School in China, on March 12, 2013. The school is in Shengji county, Bijie city, in Guizhou province.
Leading the kids is Xu Liangfan, the 37-year-old headmaster who also teaches mathematics and gym class. Located halfway up a mountain, the school has 68 students, of which about 20 live in the nearby Gengguan village. The narrow path the students are walking along was carved from cliffs over 40 years ago. It is the only route between Gengguan village and the school, according to local media.
China's strong education system, according to The Competition that Really Matters, (a report released by the Center for American Progress), will make the country "increasingly competitive in sophisticated industries." However, the country's system is not without flaws.
The report states: "China faces massive challenges, including rising inequality and inferior educational quality and access to schools in rural and migrant populations."