Report on skills progress

The Fiji Times:

Saturday, 02nd July 2016

The numeracy efficiency of Year 4 students in the Pacific has improved by 86 per cent in 2015 from its 74 per cent rating in 2012.

This was one of a few figures released in the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment report of primary schoolchildren in the region.

The report, officially released in Nadi on Wednesday, revealed that the numeracy level of Year 6 students increased from 56 per cent in 2012 to 68 per cent in 2015.

The PILNA 2015 regional results were launched during the Pacific Heads of Education Small Working Group meeting hosted by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat alongside a second launching in Noumea.

Pacific Community (SPC) director Dr Colin Tukuitonga said while the overall results were positive, the report highlighted ongoing challenges to ensure that all Pacific children had access to high quality education and challenged policy makers to look at ways in which student achievement could be improved.

According to SPC, more than 45,000 Year 4 and Year 6 students from about 700 schools in 13 countries took part in the PILNA in 2015.

The report comes in 10 languages, making it the largest assessment in the Pacific.

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