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April 6, 2013

IN three years, the literacy performance of Trinidad and Tobago’s pupils should be at a level to compete with pupils in developed countries, said Education Ministry Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan. 

He was speaking on Friday at a meeting of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) and Education Ministry officials at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. 

JSC member Professor Harold Ramkissoon compared the academic performance of this country’s pupils to pupils internationally. 

He noted there was an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study in 2009 which T&T participated in called Programme for International Student Assessment (PFISA), where 15-year-olds are tested in reading, mathematics and sciences. 

He recalled Trinidad and Tobago ranked 54 out of 74 countries and the countries at the top included Singapore and Finland. 

Seecharan reported that in 2003 and 2004 a decision was made by the Ministry for international benchmarking and this country participated in two international studies­___PFISA in 2009 and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, in 2006 and 2011. 

He reported the country did not participate in the PFISA in 2012­­­___it is held triennially, but,