Doing better in Pisa

A NUMBER of initiatives implemented in recent years, such as the Higher Order Thinking Skills, should be able to help Malaysia improve its rankings under the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin expressed hope that Malaysian students will perform better.

“One of the criteria used in Pisa is evaluating the thinking skills of students, meaning that they’re not supposed to simply give answers.

“We’ve implemented HOTS over the past two years, so we’re hopeful that our students will be able to achieve better Pisa results this year,” he told the Malaysian media after concluding his working visit to the Bahamas.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, represented Malaysia at the19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) that was held in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, from June 22 to 26.

He said that HOTS had featured in both the SPM and PT3 examinations.

Muhyiddin said a presentation on Pisa at the Nassau conference indicated that being among the lowest ranked countries did not mean that a country’s education standards were low.

“There are other factors at play that we’ll need to look into,” he said.

There have been concerns over Malaysia’s performance in Pisa, with the country placed in the bottom third, ranking 52 out of 65 countries in the 2012 survey.

Pisa is administered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development every three years on 15-year-olds in both member and non-member countries.

At the 19CCEM proceedings, Muhyiddin delivered a speech focusing on education, skills and employment.


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