Asian countries top math, science education survey

May 14 2015 8:53 AM

Asian countries figured significantly in a survey, which aimed to examine the relationship between students’ ability in maths and the sciences, and economic growth, according to BBC on May 13.

Singapore topped the list, followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to global think-tank Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which commissioned the survey, the report revealed.

The Philippines was not part of the survey.

OECD aims to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world” and provide “a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

Oman, Morocco, Honduras, South Africa and Ghana, on the other hand, figured in the bottom five.

Using an amalgamation of international assessments the survey compared test scores of students from 76 countries, or more than a third of the total number of nations around the globe, according to OECD.

“The idea is to give more countries, rich and poor, access to comparing themselves against the world’s education leaders, to discover their relative strengths and weaknesses, and to see what the long-term economic gains from improved quality in schooling could be for them,” Andreas Schleicher, OECD education director said.

The OECD argued that the standard education is a predictor of how a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will perform in the long run. “Poor education policies and practices leave many countries in what amounts to a permanent state of economic recession.”

The findings will be formally presented at the UN World Education Forum in South Korea next week, to create a road map for raising the quality of global education in 2030.