HONG Kong has slipped from fi rst to third in the latest world ranking for the reading ability of Primary Four students.
Every five years, the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement uses the Progress in International Reading Literary Study in 50 countries to assess attainments in the students’ first language. The latest study shows Hong Kong students have an average test score of 569. Russia (俄羅斯) and Singapore (新加坡) meanwhile claimed the top two spots with 581 and 576 respectively.
In Hong Kong, a total of 1,837 boys and 1,695 girls from 139 primary schools took part in the test commissioned by the Education Bureau (教育局). Hong Kong was first in 2011 with an average score of 571.
Tse Shek-kam (謝錫金) of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Education (香港大學教育學院教授) said the SAR needs to “take bigger steps” to keep pace with Russia and Singapore, as Hong Kong has made no progress over the years. “Many parents in Russia read to their children every night,” Tse said. “The reading culture directly impacts students’ reading attainment.”
Hong Kong ranked bottom of the 50 in student engagement in reading lessons, with 52 percent saying they were “somewhat engaged”.
The Education Bureau was pleased overall with the results. “The continuously remarkable performance of Hong Kong students validates that SAR education is heading in the right direction,” a spokesman said.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 14 December 2017)
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