BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (ANN): The overall results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2018 for 79 participating countries and economies have placed Brunei in the 60th place for Reading, 51st place for Mathematics and 50th for Science.
This was announced by the permanent secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati Tajuddin, in her capacity as a member of the Pisa Governing Board, during a press conference yesterday (Dec 3).
The press conference was held by the MoE to announce the results of PISA 2018, as released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in which Brunei Darussalam ranked third in all domains among the participating Asean member countries behind Singapore and Malaysia.
The permanent secretary explained that Pisa has provided several indicators to create a snapshot of the competencies in reading, mathematics and science among the countries’ 15-year-olds, in addition to generating the index of Economic, Social and Cultural Status (ESCS) which allows for the measurement of equity in education and the students’ well-being.
“This helps to evaluate our progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals – SDG4- to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all, ” she said.
This is the first time that Brunei Darussalam has participated in the comparative international large-scale research study, with a sample of 600,000 students representing 32 million 15-year-olds.
In Brunei, 6,828 students across 55 secondary schools participated in the study, one of the highest coverage in Pisa.
In accordance with the criteria of the assessment, the permanent secretary said that the medium of instruction in schools determines the language of assessment.
“Therefore, Brunei is one of the only three Asean member countries which administered the study in the English Language, ” she said.
She revealed that analysis found a good variation of the ESCS index both within and between Brunei schools, which means that despite different individual social-economic statuses, all students have good access to schools.
“Furthermore, both boys and girls are almost equally represented in all of the schools, with girls performing better than the boys in all three domains. - Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network
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