Updated: 12/05/2013 02:10

PISA scores shows that Singapore's teaching strategies are working: Heng Swee Keat



PISA scores shows that Singapore's teaching strategies are working: Heng Swee Keat

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat says that Singapore's performance in the latest Programme for International Student Asessment, or PISa for short, shows that Sigapore's teaching strategies are working. 

Writing on Facebook, Mr Heng said this is possible because of the high motivation of students, and the strong guidance and care from parents. 

PISA assesses citical thinking. 

To do well, a student must have real knowledge, and the wits to apply that knowledge, to unpredictable real-life problems. 

Mr Heng said this is exactly what the students should learn in school -- the real skills to think critically and creatively so they can succeed in the 21st Century. 

The PISA assessment is done once every three years - testing 15-year-olds on how well they know their reading, mathematics, and science. 

Singapore ranked second in mathematics literacy behind Shanghai, and third for reading and science.

There was improvement across the board with weaker students also doing better.

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