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Taiwan placed 4th in OECD global education ranking

Taiwan placed 4th in OECD global education ranking

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwan and Japan tied for 4th place in a global math and science education ranking administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with the top five places taken by countries in Asia, the BBC reported Wednesday. Singapore ranked best in the world, with Hong Kong placing second and South Korea third in the OECD's biggest global school rankings to date. Japan and Taiwan were both ranked fourth, according to the report. Vietnam was the next-highest Asian country at 12th place, ahead of Germany and Australia. The United Kingdom was ranked 20th. The U.S. placed 28th, below much poorer countries such as the Czech Republic and Vietnam, the report said. At sixth, Finland is the first non-Asian country to be in the top six rankings; Ghana came in last place. The other countries rounding out the top 10 are Estonia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Canada, in that order. The study's findings, based on maths and science scores of 15-year-olds, will be formally presented at the World Education Forum in South Korea next week. The OECD examined 76 countries of varying economic status for the study, 11 more than the last Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test it conducted in 2012. The PISA test traditionally focuses on affluent nations. "This is the first time we have a truly global scale of the quality of education," the BBC quoted OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher as saying. Schleicher noted that Singapore had high levels of illiteracy into the 1960s. He added that the study's findings could help "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." (By Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 13:02 GMT+08:00