KUALA LUMPUR: A report being prepared by the committee conducting the Mathematics, Reading and Science under the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2015 will explain the reason for the inadequate sampling which resulted in Malaysia’s disqualification, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
He said although Malaysia was disqualified, its improvement compared with previous results was recognised.
“The committee conducting the Pisa will come up with a report on the issue,” he said when asked why Malaysia was not able to get enough sampling.
He said this in a press conference after closing the 2016 JCI Malaysia National Partnership Summit yesterday.
On Dec 7, it was reported that Malaysian students had improved in Mathematics, Reading and Science under the Pisa 2015 compared with Malaysia’s score in 2012.
The Education Ministry has been questioned for claiming that Malaysian students had achieved higher scores when in fact it was disqualified from the ranking.
On Dec 11, the ministry defended its earlier statement stating that the improvement was true at the national level.
It was also reported that Malaysia followed all protocols and procedures implemented on all technical standards for Pisa 2015, except that there was an insufficient number of schools that responded and the data was not disqualified.
On another matter, Chong said temporary teachers interested in taking the course during the holidays to teach in Chinese schools would have to apply for the course next March due to budget constraints this year.
He said those with an education degree would be exempted from going through the programme but would have to be interviewed before they could be appointed as teachers.