And the education ‘World Cup’ goes to …. Singapore! Well done!!!

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Singapore students have emerged tops in the recently concluded Pisa test!

Singapore students have brought home more glory. They have just emerged tops in a prestigious international benchmarking test, also known as the "World Cup for Education".

The Pisa test

The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), a triennial study run by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), measures how well students use their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. Singapore emerged triumphs in math, science and reading.

According to The Straits Times, 15-year-olds from Singapore, a total of 5,825, were randomly selected from all 168 public schools for this computer-based test. 290 students from nine private schools, including a madrasah, also participated.

Mr Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at OECD, said: "The modern world no longer rewards people for what they know... but for what they can do with what they know. It is therefore encouraging that Singapore students are not just leading the world in scientific knowledge, but they excel particularly in their capacity to think like scientists."

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MOE curriculum helped

The positive results have been encouraging for The Ministry of Education (MOE), which said that the deliberate curricular shifts made by MOE over the years to trim syllabuses and give more time to higher-order thinking skills have borne fruit.

Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, in a Facebook post, yesterday congratulated Singapore students on their top placing in Pisa and said, "Heartened too that our teachers' dedication to plan engaging lessons has built a strong foundation for our students."

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