SLOVAK students do not know how to apply the knowledge they learn in school. They also lag behind their peers from developed countries in math, natural sciences and reading skills, according to a report from the OECD economic group.
The OECD, which tested the 15-year-olds in 57 countries, presented its report on the Slovak education system on December 4, the Pravda daily wrote.
More than one-quarter of Slovak students have no understanding of the content of what they are reading. They are able to explain scientific knowledge, but only by using a theorem.
Teachers attribute the poor results to obsolete teaching methods and the state’s under-funding of education.
“In Slovakia, children are still memorising and the curriculum is not linked with the real life,” Alena Petáková, the director of the Elementary School at Malokarpatské Námestie in Bratislava, told the daily.
Slovak students have become worse at math. Three years ago they reached the OECD average, but now they are below-average. In the other subjects that were surveyed, Slovak students stayed the same.
In the OECD ranking, Slovakia lags behind the other members of the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland), with one exception. Hungary is one point behind Slovakia in math.
Children from Finland, Hong Kong, Korea and Canada scored the best in the OECD tests.
10. Dec 2007 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports