The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009 showed that about half of 15-year-olds failed master basic reading, mathematics and science skills in 11 participating countries in this region.
A 2009 report published by the Regional Office entitled ‘Learning achievement in the CEECIS region: A comparative analysis of the PISA 2006 results’ shows that there is a crisis in education quality in the region. Fifteen-year-old students in the CEE/CIS region scored significantly below their peers in Western Europe in reading, mathematics and science, on average. Furthermore, in UNICEF Education programme countries, students were over 30 per cent less likely to achieve the proficiency benchmark in all three subjects than in EU 8 countries. These results show an unacceptable level of learning outcomes and indicate that education is not meeting the needs of students with regard to basic skills and life skills needed for positive participation in society and the workforce.
A number of factors contribute to the deteriorating level of education quality across the region:
Teachers in the CEE/CIS region
Demand for education in the CEE/CIS Region
Published by the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, 2009.
Central Asia Forum on Education 2009
10+1 indicators for measuring real teacher shortage in Kyrgyzstan presented by Gita Steiner-Khamsi, UNICEF & Columbia University, Teachers College, at the Central Asia Forum on Education 2009.