UNESCO revealed that more than 260 million students leave primary schools without basic literacy and numeracy skills.

While the literacy and numeracy skills of the Pacific Island Students at Year 4 and Year 6 have generally improved, there is a need to support the considerable number of students who continue to struggle with these fundamental skills.

This was revealed by Dr.Michelle Belisle during the launch of the Pacific Island Literacy and Numeracy Assessment regional results launch yesterday.

Dr.Belisle said the data indicated that although the percentage of students meeting and  exceeding the required mark, percentage of under performing students are also increasing.

PILNA is a project of the Educational Quality and Assesment program and Pacific Community Deputy Director General  Dr. Audrey Aumua said the data provided can be utilized at a wide-scale level of relevant stakeholders.

From government, teaching institutions, practicing teachers, education researchers and parents to better establish quality education systems in the region.

While speaking at the event, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji highlighted the Pacific’s shared commitment to improve livelihoods through education.

The individual national results is currently with each participating country’s Ministry of Education.


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