OECD global school ranking “skewed” – Edu Ministry

The Public Relations director of Ghana’s Education Ministry, Paul Krampah, has described the global school ranking conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as “inaccurate”, “skewed” and “misleading”.

“Our educational system is one of the best in the world,” he told Starr News.

Ghana has been ranked last among 76 countries in the latest school rankings. Many other African countries also showed at the bottom of the report.

Asian countries were the highest ranked with Singapore topping the group followed by Hong Kong.

Tunisia, which is Africa’s best performer occupied the 64th position. The OECD ranked the 76 countries based on Maths and Science tests for students at age 15.

The economic think tank says the comparisons – based on test scores in 76 countries – show the link between education and economic growth.

“This is the first time we have a truly global scale of the quality of education,” said the OECD’s education director Andreas Schleicher.

“The idea is to give more countries, rich and poor, access to comparing themselves against the world’s education leaders, to discover their relative strengths and weaknesses, and to see what the long-term economic gains from improved quality in schooling could be for them,” he told the media.

But Krampah rubbished the report, saying he doubts its validity.

“UNESCO has even attested to the quality of our educational system in the world. So I am actually at a loss as to why such an agency should rate us poorly”.

Source: StarrFMonline.com

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