According to results released by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Malaysia scored 440, 438 and 415 in mathematics, science, and reading, respectively.
Norway's school children performed worse in reading and science in the latest edition of the Pisa education ranking for OECD countries, and are also lagging a little behind their Nordic neighbours.
Although he average class-size of 15 year-olds is comparatively small, a small proportion of students reported always feeling sad in Denmark, compared to other Pisa-participating countries and economies (rank 70/72), according to the report.
"These four provinces in eastern China are far from representing China as a whole, but the size of each compares to that of a typical OECD country", he wrote in the analysis of the results.
Despite the ongoing decline, New Zealand's average scores were all above OECD averages and sufficient to place New Zealand among the better-performing nations in reading and science.
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Mr Sng Chern Wei, MOE's deputy director-general of education (curriculum), said the findings suggest students are "a bit anxious about not doing well in different parts of school life, and anxious about how others view them when they experience setbacks". Fewer students agreed that other students liked them and that they felt like they belonged at school, and more said they felt lonely and awkward at school.
"In Sweden, 10 percent of immigrant students performed at that level", notes the report.
Just over half of the students said they only read if they had to, 43 per cent says they did not read for enjoyment, and 18 per cent says they never read fiction.
Top 3 in all three categories for PISA 2018.
"Moreover, the OECD found that while about 2 out of 5 immigrant students were identified as low income, once socioeconomic factors were taken into account, nonnative US students performed on average 16 score points higher in reading than their native-born peers", the report said.
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"Among OECD countries, Japanese students particularly lag behind in access to digital devices in classrooms, and they are not familiarized with texts presented in forms different from books and periodicals", the official of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said.
Singapore's mean score for reading was 549 this year, compared to 535 in 2015.
Compared to Singapore, Australians were one-and-one-third of a year lower in reading, around three years lower in maths and around one-and-three-quarter years lower in science. We need to take a closer look at that.
The OECD first started participating in the triennial PISA in 2000.
They have become the most influential rankings in global education.
"But such benchmarking is useful to gauge where we stand internationally, and to reflect on where we can improve, such as making education more holistic, inculcating greater joy for learning, and creating an environment where failure is more accepted".More news: Brad Pitt Opened Up About Valuing His Past "Missteps"