Following the announcement that Finnish students had under-performed in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – with scores dropping by 2.8, 1.7, and 3 per cent in mathematics, reading, and science respectively – the press release from the Ministry of Education and Culture read “PISA 2012: Proficiency of Finnish youth declining”. Minister Krista Kiuru has explained that a broad-based forum will be set up, for the “general downturn in learning outcomes shows that we must take strong action to develop Finnish education”.
In other words: not good enough, can do better.
On the other hand, Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) proudly proclaimed that “International OECD Study Shows That Singapore Students Are Ready to Thrive in the 21st Century”. Indeed, the participating students have done well vis-à-vis their seniors and international counterparts, but it is debatable whether they can truly “solve problems in a variety of…
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