International Assessment Issues : Malaysia performance in PISA 2018 -…
International Assessment Issues : Malaysia performance in PISA 2018
Based on results released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
Malaysia scored 440 in Mathematics, 415 in Reading and 438 in Scientific literacy
in PISA 2018
What does it means?
The education director-general,Datuk Dr Amin Senin (2019) said Malaysia is
going in the right direction of education system reform
The results showed Malaysia education is approaching the OECD average. The ministry aims to
achieve above the global average and position Malaysia in the top one-third countries
by end of another two cycles
Which areas are we weak in?
Why does this happen?
The PISA 2018's survey on Malaysian students also noted that they do not enjoy reading as a hobby compared to the survey on students in PISA 2009.
The findings also showed that students only read when they are forced to, or for a specific reason, not as an interest
The three reading material enjoyed by students according to the survey are comics, fictional and non-fictional books
It could be seen that the students' reading trend should be studied to improve the reading literacy among Malaysian students.
What did the PISA 2018 survey said about this trend?
54% of the students could identify the main idea in a text of moderate length, find information based on explicit, though sometimes complex, criteria, and reflect on the purpose and form of texts when directed.
63% could recognise the correct explanation for familiar scientific phenomena and use such knowledge of identify, in simple cases, whether a conclusion was valid based on the data provided.
The majority of students (84%) agreed that their teachers enjoyed teaching and were diligent and interested in the subject taught.
They also agreed that the teachers gave additional guidance to those who needed it and would make sure that the students understood the lessons.
How to improve the situation?
enhance the implementation of English literature in the ESL classroom.
For example, include the students' favourite genre as the literature text to gain the students' interest in reading.
Using graphic novels.
collaborate with the teachers on figuring out to help their children.
set themselves as a role model for their children to cultivate their reading habits.
provide reading materials of their children's interest to build up their hobby of reading.
plan and create interesting T&L activities that could help to gain the students' interest in reading.
Plan and conduct assessment to figure out the students' problems in reading literacy.
Carried out suitable remedial dan enrichment activities to help the low achieving pupils.