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Students perform well in int'l test

Update: December, 06/2013 - 09:06

The domestic education and training sector received a surprise when Vietnamese students were ranked 8th in science, 17th in mathematics and 19th in reading.— Photo dantri

HA NOI (VNS) — The domestic education and training sector received a surprise when Vietnamese students were ranked 8th in science, 17th in mathematics and 19th in reading.

The results were announced earlier this week as part of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment's test.

This was the first time Vietnamese students participated in the test, which is conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The 2012 PISA test was taken by some 510,000 students from randomly-selected schools in 65 countries.

The test sought to evaluate educational systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

In mathematics, Viet Nam was ranked higher than developed countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

In science, mathematics and reading, Viet Nam ranked second, after Singapore, in the Southeast Asia Region.

"When the results were announced, we were surprised", said Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien.

"The results helped us in identifying the ability of our students and what we need to do to improve the quality of education and training in the country," he added.

"However, the national education and training sector still needs comprehensive reforms because the test only gave us assessments in mathematics, reading and science, while Vietnamese students lacked skills in communications and adaptation," he noted.

Based upon the test's results, students from Shanghai of China ranked first, while Singapore and Hong Kong placed second and third in all three subjects.

The first PISA test was given in 2000. — VNS

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