published: 03.12.2013, 12:25 | updated: 03.12.2013 13:18:10
Prague - Czech students´ mathematics, reading and science literacy have improved since 2009 but still they are on an average level compared with other 64 countries surveyed, according to a the PISA 2012 international comparative survey released today.
PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's project, assesses 15-year-old students´ skills every three years.
Czech students achieved above-average results only in science knowledge.
Students from Asian countries fared best in the contest.
In the previous PISA survey in 2009, Czech students showed the steepest decline in knowledge of all.
The share of Czech pupils with insufficient mathematics literacy has climbed to 20 percent.
The PISA 2012 mainly focused on mathematics literacy. It showed that young Czechs slightly improved since 2009, but still their results were markedly worse than in 2003.
Compared with other nations, Czechs feel little self-confident about their mathematics knowledge.
Czech boys fared better in maths tests than girls, while the girls showed better reading literacy. There is no significant difference between the boys and girls´ science knowledge, the survey showed.
When asked whether they consider school a friendly environment, the Czechs students answered in the most negative way of all.
The dependence of the Czech students´ school results on their families´ social and economic conditions is one of the highest among the advanced countries, the survey showed.
"Our school system functions stably and it is advancing quite successfully," Czech Education Minister Dalibor Stys told journalists in reaction to the PISA 2012 result today.
He called it a good result of "our relatively conservative educational policy."
The Czech School Inspection will reportedly analyse the PISA results and propose ways to improve shortcomings.
An electronic database of the tests is being formed to enable schools to test students anytime.
PISA 2012 surveyed 6535 students from 297 Czech schools.
Results similar to the Czech were achieved by Britain, Austria and Denmark, for example.
Slovakia, a former part of the Czechoslovak federation, fared much worse.
The best results were achieved by students from Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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