Intercorp CEO Carlos Rodriguez Pastor said at the recent Annual Conference of Executives in Paracas that the real wealth of Peru is its young people. However, a global education survey carried out by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has revealed that the future of those young people may be in danger— that is, unless some drastic changes are made in the Peruvian education infrastructure.
The PISA ranking measured student proficiency in reading, mathematics, and science in 65 different countries and regions. Peru appeared at the bottom of each category, earning the nation the dubious distinction of being dead last on the list.
The United States didn’t do too well either, ranking 26th in math, 21st in science, and 17th in reading. Education leaders in both countries are greeting their students’ disappointing scores with calls for education reform. This year’s scores represent a decrease from previous PISA results, as Peru had previously placed slightly higher in all categories.
Eastern Asian nations did comparatively well on the PISA exams. Shanghai topped the list, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, and South Korea. According to the BBC, China does not participate in PISA testing as a country, but some Chinese cities do.
The PISA test is carried out every three years.