Singapore has now become the country having best education system in the world. Singapore has topped Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa test) for the first time since it started participating in 2009. The top OECD countries were Japan, Estonia, Finland and Canada.
Singapore students have topped all the three categories - Science, Maths and reading. Pisa is touted as the most influential international scorecard for education systems around the world.
"A decade of scientific breakthroughs has failed to translate into breakthroughs in science performance in schools," said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, launching the report in London. "Every country has room for improvement, even the top performers. With high levels of youth unemployment, rising inequality, a significant gender gap, and an urgent need to boost inclusive growth in many countries, more must be done to ensure every child has the best education possible."
Singapore has beaten Shanghai, who has been the topper in the 2009 and 2012 editions. In the latest edition, Shanghai was assessed with other Chinese cities Beijing, Jiangsu and Guangdong to represent China's education system. China grabbed the 10th position in Science, 6th place in Maths and 27th in reading.
The OECD's PISA 2015 tested around 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science, reading, maths and collaborative problem-solving. The main focus was on science, an increasingly important part of today's economy and society.
Pisa test is conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.