Ministry of Human Resources and Development confirmed today
that India would be participating in Programme for International Student
Assessment 2021 (PISA 2021).
PISA is a triennial international survey that assesses education systems across the world by testing skills and competencies of 15 year old children who are about to complete compulsory elementary education. Unlike traditional assessments that tests knowledge based on content, PISA is competency based and tests understanding of the subject.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal met Andreas Schleicher,
the Director of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to
discuss the preparations for PISA 2021 and formalize India’s participation.
Senior officials of the World Bank and the HRD Ministry were also present.
The exam will be conducted in English and Hindi. Schools run
by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samithi and schools in the
Union Territory of Chandigarh will participate in PISA 2021.
India will be participating in PISA after a decade. In PISA 2009,
out of the 73 countries, India was ranked 72.
The Minister and Director of OECD also discussed about ways
of enhancing teacher capabilities in India through teacher training and
workshops to enhance the quality of education in India.