According to a report released yesterday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Colombia ranked among the worst-performing countries in terms of reading, science and math.
The study, entitled “Low Performing Students: Why they fall behind and how to help them succeed,” published results from the OECD’s PISA survey, which measures 15 year olds’ academic performances.
Analyzing results between 2003 and 2012, Argentina ranked 57th among 64 surveyed countries. The break down below shows the percentage of Argentine students who failed to meet the basic level of proficiency in reading, mathematics and science set by the OECD:
- Mathematics: 66.5 percent of students
- Reading: 53.6 percent of students
- Sciences: 50.9 percent of students
To put this in context, in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong, only 10 percent of students failed to achieve the OECD’s basic level of proficiency.
The study states that students’ level of performance in school depends on a number of factors, including their country’s economic situation, family income, whether a student comes from a single-parent home, is the child of immigrants or attends a rural school.
The OECD, which has its headquarters in France and comprises 34 nations, has for mission statement to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.”
Last month, the World Bank published another grizzly report on the state of education in Latin American countries indicating that the number of ninis, short for ni estudia ni trabaja, or “neither studies nor works,” now number at 20 million, or one in five of youths between 15 and 24.