Vietnamese students have performed well in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) announced on December 4 that Vietnam was ranked eighth in science with 528 points, 17 th in mathematics with 511 points and 19 th in reading with 508 points among 65 countries and territories participating in the survey in 2012. It is the first time Vietnam, which has the lowest per capital income among participating economies, has joined in the survey.

Among five participating Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam was in the second place, after Singapore. The other threes are Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Vietnamese students outperformed their peers from many developed nations such as the UK , France and the US.
China dominated the PISA exam, taking the top slot in all three subjects. Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were also in the group of top performing economies.

The test, administered every three years by the OECD, is designed to measure whether student can apply what they’ve learned in school to real-life problems. Approximately 510,000 15-year-olds in public and private schools took the paper-and-pencil exam in the fall of 2012.

According to MOET Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien, the PISA has helped Vietnam in evaluating learners’ capacity and analysing factors affecting it, thus improving education quality in a comprehensive manner.

The country will look into the results in order to seek measures for education quality improvement, firstly elementary and secondary education, and study how to apply PISA techniques and methods in education quality assessment to Vietnam, the deputy minister said.-VNA