Human Resources Development Ministry 28 January 2019 signed an agreement with Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) for India’s Participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA 2021.
The student assessment by PISA will ensure learning outcome through education. It would lead to an improvement in the learning levels of the children & enhance the quality of education in the country. It would also indicate the health of the education system of the nation & would motivate other schools & states in the subsequent cycles.
The agreement was signed by Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, MHRD & Andreas Schleicher, Director (PISA) in OECD in the presence of the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. Speaking on the occasion, the HRD Minister said that the format for the student assessment will be offline. He added that the question to Indian students will be related to India’s perspective only.
1. The OECD has agreed to ask some of the questions based on Indian context.
2. The CBSE & NCERT will be a part of the process & activities leading to the actual test.
3. More than 80 countries, including 44 middle-income countries, have participated in the assessment since the first round of testing in 2000.
4. The students will be selected by PISA through random sampling. The schools run by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) & schools in the UT of Chandigarh would be participating.
5. Within the country or specific geography to be covered in case of large countries, PISA will cover a sample of 15-year-old students representing all forms of schooling including public, private & private aided.
6. The next round of PISA is going to be held in 2021. The list of registered countries includes Brazil, China (certain areas like Shanghai & Beijing) & countries from South-East Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia & Vietnam.