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Parroting Greek Education System Bringing Decline in Student Performances

ATHENS – Greece’s teaching methods that push rote memorization instead of critical thinking – which had been the hallmark of ancient Greek education that became a model for the world – is holding down students’ scores in international tests.

Speaking at the Delphi Economic Forum, Aigly Zafeirakou, a Senior Education Technical Advisor for the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stated that 2012-22 data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed a more than 20-point fall in the performance of 15-year-olds in mathematics, reading, and science on average. The decline exceeded the typical academic gains made by students around the age of 15 over the course of an entire school year, it was said.

Zafeirakou noted that students in Turkey have consistently surpassed their Greek counterparts by a significant margin, as indicated by the same dataset. The PISA survey is conducted every three years by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Zafeirakou emphasized that while that’s an indicator that it also shows the shortfall in performances and challenges Greek students face in competing with those from other countries and unable to hold their own in learning and skills at all levels.

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