HRD Agrees✔ to End PISA📋 Boycott🚫, India🇮🇳 to Participate in 2021

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Having not participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) since 2012. India stayed away from PISA in 2012 and 2015 on account of its dismal performance in 2009, when it was placed 72nd among the 74 participating countries The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, under Prakash Javadekar, formally decided to end this boycott last week.

Unlike 2009, when schools in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh had participated, the Union government will request OECD to administer the test across all schools in Chandigarh in 2021. There are roughly 100 government, government-aided and private senior secondary schools in the Union Territory. According to sources, the HRD Ministry has obtained the consent of the Office of the Chandigarh Administrator for the same.

“Moreover, PISA is a competency-based test. Our country is also trying to make the transition from rote learning to competency-based learning,” the official added. The team of government officials that will be sent to Paris soon to negotiate terms of participation will request OECD to draft questions that fit the Indian socio-cultural context; in other words, to frame questions that carry terms and references that Indian students are familiar with.

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