Korean Students Fall in Global Academic Ranking

  • By Kwak Soo-keun

    December 04, 2019 13:39

    Korean students fell in reading, math and science in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) announced Tuesday.

    PISA is conducted every three years, and the latest involved 710,000 15-year-olds in 79 countries.

    Korea usually ranked top in reading and first to fourth in math until 2006. But since 2009 Korean students' skills have been declining, and they fell to fourth to ninth in reading and sixth to ninth in math in 2015.

    In 2018, their rankings fell further to sixth to 11th in reading, fifth to ninth in math and sixth to 10th in science.

    Chinese youngsters now sweep the top rankings followed by students in Singapore and Macau. The PISA report said Korea was among seven countries whose average ranking fell in all areas.

    At the same time, Korean schoolkids remained among the unhappiest in the world. On a scale of 10 (perfectly satisfied with quality of life) to 0 (not satisfied at all), Korean students scored 6.52, up slightly compared to the previous 6.36 but still way below the OECD average of 7.04 points.

    Students in Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Turkey and the U.K. were even more unhappy.

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