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DAP slams ministry over ‘unrecognised Pisa results’

 | December 7, 2016

Lim Kit Siang demands education minister explain Malaysia's omission from global student survey report.


PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has criticised the education ministry for making claims over the latest report under the Programme for Inter­national Student Assessment (Pisa) 2015, when Malaysia had been omitted from the Pisa ranking this year.

Saying that Pisa 2015 had “dropped and de-recognised Malaysia’s results”, Lim questioned the ministry’s claim that Malaysian students had achieved higher scores.

“I am amazed as to how the Education Ministry can claim that Malaysian students had registered better scores in mathematics, science and reading according to the latest Pisa 2015 results announced in London yesterday, when Pisa 2015 authorities have dropped and derecognised Malaysia’s results in this triennial test,” the Gelang Patah MP said.

He was referring to deputy education director-general Amin Senin’s remarks on the results achieved in the Pisa 2015 survey as reported by The Star today.

“The survey showed that Malaysia was moving towards hitting the global average score of 490 in mathematics and 493 in reading and science.

“We are on average, 50 marks from the global average in each domain. I am very pleased with the results and wish to congratulate all teachers, principals and students. Their commitment is commendable,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

“It is completely unthinkable that Amin could announce Malaysia’s results for the Pisa 2015, when Malaysia was the only one of the 72 countries/economies which took part in the Pisa 2015 tests last year but which had been dropped from the results released yesterday,” Lim said.

The DAP veteran added that it was premature for Amin to also claim that the Ministry of Education’s Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) initiative was the major push which helped Malaysia register higher scores in Pisa 2015, as the education ministry had not even secured recognition of these so-called Pisa 2015 results in the first place.

“All of Amin’s claims are suspect now as they are not recognised by the Pisa 2015 authorities in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),” Lim said, questioning the reasons for Malaysia to be disqualified at the last minute from the Pisa 2015 results ranking.

Lim demanded a full and detailed explanation from Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid to clarify the matter.

Meanwhile, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Noor Azimah Rahim had earlier today posted on her Facebook page, a response from the Pisa authority, explaining Malaysia’s omission.

“The results of adjudication and subsequent further examinations showed that the Pisa Technical Standards were met in all countries and economies that participated in Pisa 2015 except for those countries listed below:

“In Malaysia, the Pisa assessment was conducted in accordance with the operational standards and guidelines of the OECD. However, the weighted response rate among the initially sampled Malaysian schools (51%) falls well short of the standard Pisa response rate of 85%.

“Therefore, the results may not be comparable to those of other countries or to results for Malaysia from previous years.”


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