Hungarian pupils perform poorly in school – OECD PISA report

School tests HU PL, Copyright OECD

School tests HU PL, Copyright OECD

Today, the EC published an evaluation of the EU’s performance in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report was published. It assesses the progress 15-year old pupils in OECD countries have made from 2009 to 2012 in the subjects of Math, Science and Reading.

The OECD has the following to say about Hungary’s performance:

Share of low achievers somewhat higher than the EU average in reading and science, significantly higher in mathematics. Worsening performance in all 3 fields compared to 2009, but especially in maths and science; reading performance is however better than in 2006 and 2003. There is a strong relationship between socio-economic status and performance.

I firmly believe that the Hungarian educational system needs a strong shift away from the belief that expecting students to learn things by heart will make them achieve anything… I am a strong advocate of active class participation, be it at the university or in high school (although at universities the need is much more urgent, but lacking in the case of Hungary).

And, apparently we can learn from the Polish, who seem to perform remarkably well in all three fields. The Hungarian government should accept we are facing problems in Hungary, and approach our strong ally Poland to ‘help’ us a hand.

These are the OECD recommendations for Hungary:

Implement a national strategy on early school-leaving […]. Improve access to inclusive mainstream education, for those with disadvantages, in particular Roma. Support the transition between different stages of education. Fields: school system, disadvantaged groups.




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