UK Education ‘Lagging’

December 3, 2013 by  

UK Education ‘Lagging’, The UK remains a long way behind countries like Singapore, Korea and Japan when it comes to basic standards in education, according to a major international study.

The 2012 Pisa report found the UK’s performance in reading, maths and science has failed to improve in recent years.

Despite the UK spending more than average on education, there has been “no change” in attainment, it said.

Among the 65 countries which took part in the study, the UK ranked 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science.

The research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) assessed how students could use their knowledge and skills in real life, rather than just repeating facts and figures.

The findings show that the UK’s average score for maths was 494 and 499 in reading, broadly the same as the OECD averages for the subjects.

In these subjects, the UK was on a par with nations such as the Czech Republic, France and Norway.

In science, the UK’s teenagers scored 514 points, above the OECD average and similar to results in Australia, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand and Slovenia.

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