Hornbill Unleashed

December 7, 2016

Ministry announces improved scores in global student assessment

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Dr Amin Senin said scores in mathematics, science and reading by Malaysian students were close to the 493 average recorded by nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. — Malay Mail picMalaysians students registered better scores in mathematics, science and reading according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Education Ministry announced today.

“For scientific knowledge, the score obtained is 443 points, an increase of 23 points compared to the 2012 PISA in which 420 points were obtained.

“For literary abilities, the score obtained is 431, which is an increase of 33 points compared to 398 in 2012.

“For mathematics, the score obtained is 446 points, which is an increase of 25 points, compared to the 2012 PISA whereby the score was 420,” deputy director-general, Datuk Dr Amin Senin told a special press conference here.

He said that all three scores were close to the 493 average recorded by nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which runs the programme.

Amin said scientific literacy was the main benchmark for PISA 2015. In 2009, it was literacy while mathematics was the focus for 2012.

In PISA 2015, 230 schools, 9,660 students, 203 administrators and 5,350 teachers were sampled.

Amin said the survey found that over 80 per cent students expressed interest to learn science-based subjects and were aware of their importance, but 67 per cent also said they were not keen to pursue careers in related fields.

When asked about possible reasons for the disparity, Amin said the matter needed careful examination.

“For now we can’t give the reasons. It is quite early for us to make any assumptions,” he said adding that students show low interest for high-level science fields.

“This one also needs a deep research, as to how there is a mismatch between their interest and their career choices,” he added.

Source : YISWAREE PALANSAMY@The Malay Mail Online


  1. How can the Education Ministry claim that Malaysia has achieved higher scores in PISA 2015 when PISA 2015 authorities have dropped and de-recognised Malaysia’s results from the OECD “world school report”?


    Comment by Samarinda — December 8, 2016 @ 6:04 PM | Reply

  2. Please learn from Singapore:

    SINGAPORE — The Republic can now officially lay claim to having the best education system in the world: For the first time since it started participating in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in 2009, Singapore students have topped all three categories — science, mathematics and reading — in what has been dubbed the most influential international scorecard for education systems around the world.

    The study also found that Singapore’s proportions of top performers (between 18 and 35 per cent) in the various subjects were the highest among all participating education systems, while its proportions of low performers (between 8 and 11 per cent) were among the lowest.

    The Republic’s stellar showing in Pisa comes a week after it also topped all the charts in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss), which assessed the math and science abilities of 10-year-olds and 14-year-olds.

    Compared with Timss, Pisa has a greater emphasis on high-order, critical thinking skills including the ability to reason, evaluate pros and cons of different ideas and apply existing knowledge to a new problem.


    Comment by Samarinda — December 7, 2016 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

    • LOL……..

      Comment by tiuniamah — December 8, 2016 @ 10:34 AM | Reply

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