ATHENS – In the land where critical thinking was the standard of ancient education the method in Greece has long turned toward rote memorization, and it’s resulted in a constant decline in the performance of students in international assessments.
That was shown in results from the Program for International Student Assessment PISA for 2022 from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic C0-Operation and Development (OECD) that gave Greek students poor marks.
In the last 10 years, Greek pupils have performed worst in text comprehension, math and science, the three areas in which the competition evaluates proficiency. By the time they finish their mandatory schooling, or when they turn 16, students should possess these abilities, it was said.
According to the survey, the average 2022 results in Greece decreased compared to 2018 in mathematics, reading comprehension and natural sciences, the sharpest decline shown from 2018-22, said the news site Ieidiseis.
In Math the Greek students scored 430 points, a drop of 21 from 2018 and finished 44th out of 81 countries in that category, the 36 countries of the OECD averaging a score of 472.
In reading comprehension, Greek students scored 438 (41st place) that was 19 points lower than in 2018, the average being 476. In science, they had 441, a fall of 11 from 2018 and ranked 48th, the average being 485.
Scores were generally down, an aftermath of remote learning because of the now waning COVID-19 pandemic, and with students back in classes without health restrictions such as masks and social distancing.
What’s most worrisome for Greece is that it constantly ranks among the bottom third in results seen because of methods demanding students parrotize what they learned by memorization instead of analysis.
“We continue to have Asian countries monopolizing the best performance, especially in mathematics,” said Eric Charbonnier, an education expert at the OECD about the west falling behind.