Slovak students lag behind: OECD

Slovak pupils are unable to use knowledge they gain in school in their day-to-day lives, according to the Program for International Student Assessment released by the OECD.

The test of 15-year-olds showed that Slovak students lag behind those from other developed countries in mathematics, natural sciences and reading skills.

Teachers said the difference was caused by outdated teaching methods and the small amount of money that the state allocates for the education sector. Students are still memorising in Slovakia, the curriculum is not linked to real life, and teachers do not have enough space and equipment to lead pupils to creativity, they say.

More than 25 percent of students still do not understand what they read, the report said.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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