Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said he was willing to put himself “on the line” for the work he had done over the past two years as minister. But it was not fair to judge his performance on matters that arose before, he said referring to the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) 2012 results.
“People have been talking about the Pisa 2012 results.”
Idris said he was not responsible for the results and shouldn’t be judged for it. “I was not education minister at the time,” he said after addressing the 19th Malaysian Education Summit, in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday.
Based on the mean score for the Pisa 2012, Malaysia was placed in the bottom third, ranking 52 out of 65 countries, and 55 out of 74 countries in the 2009 survey.
The next Pisa results will be announced in 2016. Idris said he hoped Malaysia would do better in both Pisa and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
Pisa is administered by the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) every three years on 15-year-olds. It offers students questions in the main language of instruction in their respective countries.
Each round focuses on one area of either Reading, Mathematics or Science.
The assessments have been conducted since 2000, with Malaysia taking part for the first time in 2009.
It was reported in February that the Edu-cation Ministry had registered 9,660 students from 230 schools to take part in Pisa 2015. The ministry said it had organised workshops for students to be better prepared for Pisa. – By Rebecca Rajaendram The STAR Home News Education 31 May 2015