OECD: Stu­dents lack in knowl­edge and skills

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Cypriot stu­dents about to grad­u­ate from sec­ondary schools do not seem to have the knowl­edge and the skills nec­es­sary for their full in­te­gra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in mod­ern so­ci­ety, an OECD Pro­gramme for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment (PISA) has shown.

The lat­est PISA find­ings were pre­sented dur­ing a work­shop at Filox­e­nia con­fer­ence cen­tre in Nicosia, which begs the ques­tion – are teach­ers in Cyprus at all com­pe­tent?

Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Costas Kadis said the find­ings show that most 15 year olds in Cyprus are limited to lower level skills on han­dling rou­tine prob­lems in the sub­jects of math­e­mat­ics, nat­u­ral sciences and text com­pre­hen­sion.

The num­ber of stu­dents who have ac­quired skills al­low­ing them to reach com­pos­ite con­clu­sions, to eval­u­ate ar­gu­ments and re­flect on them is rel­a­tively small, he added.

He ex­pressed his min­istry’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to fo­cus on the mat­ter at hand and make the most of the find­ings in or­der to set a course for im­prove­ment.

Kadis noted that im­prov­ing stu­dent re­sults is one of the im­por­tant goals of the min­istry for this year.

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