Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak (Photo: Tomislav Miletic/PIXSELL) Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak (Photo: Tomislav Miletic/PIXSELL)

PISA research tests the knowledge and skills of students in natural sciences, mathematics and literacy. In 2018 79 countries took part with more than 600 000 students. Results achieved by Croatian students were under average in comparison to their peers in other countries. The biggest drop in rankings was seen in natural sciences literacy. The research was conducted prior to the implementation of the experimental phase of curricular reforms in all schools.

Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak said that we are stagnating and that we cannot be satisfied with the results.

“Firstly as far as reading and mathematics literacy are concerned, our trend is stable, which is not good news in itself. From 2006 until now there are no statistically significant changes where reading and mathematics literacy are concerned. Unfortunately we have to say that where natural science literacy is concerned, where we were better positioned, we have a negative trend,” said Divjak.

Source: HRT