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Filipino students lag in creative thinking, according to report

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Filipino students posted a concerningly low score in the recently released Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2022 report on creative thinking.

The Philippines achieved a mean score of only 14, ranking second-to-last among the 64 participating countries.

This result is statistically lower than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 33 points, raising questions about the development of essential skills in Philippine education. The PISA 2022 creative thinking assessment evaluated students’ ability to generate diverse ideas, think outside the box, and improve on existing concepts.

The PISA has six proficiency levels in creative thinking. About 35.6% of Filipino students had a score below Level 1. On the other end, only 2.3% of students have a score above Level 6.

The Philippines shared the bottom spot with Uzbekistan (14 points). Albania scored even lower with 13 points. Conversely, several Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, performed below the OECD average but still higher than the Philippines.

Singapore emerged as the regional leader, boasting a mean score of 41 points. South Korea, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand rounded out the top five.

The PISA is a triennial international assessment conducted by the OECD to gauge the performance of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, science, and, for the first time in 2022, creative thinking. The Philippines first participated in PISA in 2018.

Source: OECD

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