Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource and Development assured that India would take part in the PISA test in the year 2021. PISA stands for Programme for International Students Assessment. Earlier, the government of India shunned the test and now the government is making plans to participate in the test.
PISA test was introduced by Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD). The main objective of the PISA test is to assess the academic performance of 15-year old students in the subjects like Mathematics and Science. The reading test is also a part of PISA.
Usually, PISA test takes place for every three years. The government of India in the year 2012 and 2015 officially boycotted the test and the reason was its miserable performance in the year 2009. However, Prakash Javadekar has given a clarity over the fact that India will take part in PISA in the year 2021 and, the government will apply for the same next year.
Currently, the government requested the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) to conduct PISA-like assessment tests for the students studying in Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas. The main objective of the government is to familiarise the students with the pattern of PISA test and make them ready to face PISA in the year 2021.
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HRD Ministry had contacted Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) in December 2016. They ministry interacted with the officials of OECD through a video conference and proposed PISA-like assessment test and OECD has agreed on the proposal.
One of the officials of HRD Ministry revealed that the government planned to take part in PISA 2018 but the deadline for the submission of applications was over by the time government contacted the officials of OECD.