Better social mix in schools helps weaker students, says OECD
Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits, responding to an OECD report that a greater social mix improves student scores, says the government is taking steps to help academic performance
Students help each other
OECD experts analysed data from the 2012 Pisa study, a large-scale research project concerning performance results of 15-year-old students in the 64 OECD countries. The study found that 28% of the students did not achieve the required basic level of reading, mathematics or sciences. The OECD has examined the causes of the learning deficits.
“Although the social-economic background of a student has an important influence on the probability of performing inadequately on maths tests, the social-economic profile of the school has an even bigger impact,” stated researchers in the OECD report.
Students not only learn from their teachers but also from fellow students, explained the OECD. If most of the other students perform badly, the entire class has greater learning problems as not all teachers are sufficiently trained to deal with a large concentration of such students.
In a statement, Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits pointed to various measures the government is taking to reduce the number of students who fail subjects. The government is encouraging parents to send their toddlers to school as soon as possible, reforming secondary education, improving teacher education and expanding career opportunities for teachers, she said.
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