Jan. 29, 2019

India has ended its boycott of PISA and decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021. HRD ministry has signed an agreement with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD), which will facilitate India’s participation.

About PISA:

  • PISA was introduced by OECD in 2000.

  • It tests the learning levels of 15-year-olds in reading,mathematics and science.

  • The test is conducted every three years.

Why India had stayed away from PISA?

  • India participated in this programme until 2009.

  • However, in 2009, India was placed 72nd among the 74 participating countries.

  • The then government had criticized the parameters used in this assessment.

  • According to the government “out of context” questions asked in this programme were responsible for this dismal performance.

  • Subsequently, India chose to not participate in the 2012 and 2015 cycle.

What has changed now?

  • The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), at the government’s behest, set up a committee to review the matter.

  • In its report, submitted in December 2016, it recommended that the country should participate in the 2018 test cycle.

  • Later a similar recommendation was made in 2017 by the group of secretaries on education constituted by PM.


Source : Indian Express