Pisa: It's OK to be No. 2 in academics, Singapore should focus on student well-being

Singapore students had higher scores than the OECD average in higher-order reading processes like evaluating content, assessing credibility and differentiating between fact and opinion.
Singapore students had higher scores than the OECD average in higher-order reading processes like evaluating content, assessing credibility and differentiating between fact and opinion. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

SINGAPORE - Singapore educators deserve to be congratulated for how well they continue to prepare their young charges for an increasingly complex, ambiguous and volatile world, going by the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) test released on Tuesday (Dec 3).

Even though the Republic's 15-year-olds lost their 2015 pole position to their peers from Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in China, they came in a strong second in the study done every three years by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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