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Malaysian students show good improvement under PISA

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian students have improved in Mathematics, Reading and Science under the Programme for Inter­national Student Assessment (Pisa) 2015.

According to results released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Malaysia scored 446 in Mathematics, 431 in Reading and 443 in Science in Pisa 2015. This was a marked improvement over Pisa 2012 where Malaysia was below the global average score.


Marked improvement: Dr Khair Mohamad showing the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report for 2015 during the press conference in Putrajaya.

Under Pisa 2012, Malaysia scored 421 in Mathematics, 398 in Reading and 420 in Science. In 2009, Malaysia scored 404 in Mathematics, 414 in Reading and 422 in Science.

Deputy education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said the results achieved in Pisa 2015 survey showed that Malaysia was moving towards hitting the global average score of 490 in Mathematics and 493 in Reading and Science.

“We are on average, 50 marks from the global average in each domain. I am very pleased with the results and wish to congratulate all teachers, principals and students. Their commitment is commendable,” he told reporters following the release of the survey results at the ministry yesterday.

Pisa is administered by the OECD every three years on 15-year-olds in both OECD and non-OECD countries and offers students questions in the main language of instruction in their respective countries. Each round focuses on either Reading, Mathematics or Science.

For Pisa 2015, Dr Amin said 9,660 students from 230 schools were chosen at random to ensure a good representation. Malaysia was compared to 72 other countries.

Based on the survey results, he said more than 60% of the students who participated grasped the basic knowledge and skills of all three domains.

He attributed the improved results in Pisa 2015 to the implementation of the higher order thinking skills (HOTs).

Dr Amin said the ministry aimed to achieve above the global average and be in the top one-third of countries participating in Pisa and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) by 2025, in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

PISA 2015: Malaysia shows significant improvement in Math, Science & reading

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has shown significant improvement in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for three domains, namely Science, Mathematics and reading literacies.


Malaysia has shown significant improvement in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for three domains, namely Science, Mathematics and reading literacies. For the Science literacy domain, Malaysia scored 443 points, an increase of 23 points compared to the PISA 2012 results. (Bernama photo)
For the Science literacy domain, Malaysia scored 443 points, an increase of 23 points compared to the PISA 2012 results.

The score obtained for the reading literacy domain stands at 431 points, a rise of 33 points compared to the previous edition.

Malaysia scored 446 points in the Mathematics literacy domain this year compared to PISA 2012, with 421 points.

Education deputy director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said over 60 percent of students acquired basic skills or knowledge which can be applied in real world settings, based on the three domain results.

“For scientific literacy, 66.4 percent of students in Malaysia reached the baseline.

“A total of 62.8 percent of students reached the baseline for reading literacy, while 37.3 percent of students are below the baseline.”

“For the Mathematics literacy, 62.5 percent of students reached the baseline and 37.5 percent are below the baseline,” he told a press conference today.

Amin said the Higher Order Thinking Skills initiative is the key factor to boost Malaysia's achievement in Science, Math and reading literacies.

Amin also revealed that the students showed a high interest in the science field based on a survey done during PISA.

“More than 80 percent said they had fun learning about science, like to gain knowledge about science and were interested in learning science. "Almost 80 percent said they like to read about science and like to do assignments related to science.

"This is contrary to our assumptions that many Malaysian students are not interested in the science field."

However, based on the survey on the students' interest in science-related careers, 67 percent students chose careers that were unrelated to science.

"This is the first study which showed that Malaysian students have a high interest in science but are not interested in working in the science field. “We have yet to determine the cause of this mismatch. We will conduct a thorough study," he said.

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