05 December 2007

Wurld edukation

The UK has slipped down the rankings of global secondary school education. The international study is produced by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development produce a study every three years (although the UK participated last in 2000) and a performance table is drawn up from the results of tests taken by 15-year-olds. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assess their ability to apply their knowledge in "real world" situations. PISAs are taken by 400,000 students in 57 countries.

The United Kingdom is the only country which was in the top-performing group in 2000 to have dropped down into the lower group. In 2000 they were in eighth position in maths and seventh in reading and in the recently published 2006 table occupy 24th for maths and 17th for literacy.

The UK has slipped out of the top ten in both maths and reading, and sciences are suffering. To be honest it doesn't surprise me but does make me annoyed, with Labour's election promises based on "Education, education and education". The tests over the years have shown that knowledge is a kind of currency. They point to the economic success of South Korea (and the Far East) who only a few decades ago was close to the bottom of the table and had an economy to match. With great governmental input and funding in education in the past they are now reaping the benefits. Why can't our government see that spending and good management now will make a world of difference and pay back in the future.

PISA Reading Top Ten

  1. South Korea
  2. Finland
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Canada
  5. New Zealand
  6. Ireland
  7. Australia
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Poland
  10. Sweden


  1. Taiwan
  2. Finland
  3. Hong Kong
  4. S.Korea
  5. Netherlands
  6. Switzerland
  7. Canada
  8. Macao-China
  9. Liechtenstein
  10. Japan


  1. Finland
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Canada
  4. Taiwan
  5. Estonia
  6. Japan
  7. New Zealand
  8. Australia
  9. Netherlands
  10. Liechtenstein

I know my grammar is terrible but thank God for the spell checker!

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