Three out of ten 15-year-olds had to do a year again


Three in ten 15-year-olds in our country have already had to retire in their school career. This is evident from the latest Pisa study by the OECD, which will be presented on Tuesday. That figure is three times higher than the average in the countries covered by the report.

The OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, is a partnership of 37 countries to discuss, study and coordinate social and economic policies. The Pisa reports (program for international student assessment) are always looked forward to with special interest in the world of education.

The new report focuses on various aspects 15-year-olds experience at school and relates them to learning performance. The study complements the triennial international study that tests mathematical and scientific literacy and reading skills among 15-year-olds in 79 countries.

The results show that three in ten 15-year-olds in our country (30.8 percent) have already had to stay in primary or secondary education at least once. Belgium is therefore in third place of the OECD countries, only Colombia and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have even more stragglers in the category of up to 15-year-olds. On average, only 11.4 percent of 15-year-olds in the OECD countries have had to do a year again.

International research shows that students who have to sit down generally have a more negative image of the school compared to those who did not have to repeat a year. It also happens more often that those who retire do not complete their higher studies.

Language knack

Another striking feature of the survey is that in our country four out of ten 15-year-old students (43.5 percent) indicate that their principal regularly points out that there are too few teachers available. This also means that our country scores worse than the OECD average, which is 27.1 percent.

It is positive that our country is among the leaders in foreign languages. On average, Belgian 15-year-olds are taught 4.7 hours a week in another language, while the OECD average is 3.6 hours. The number of children who started their school career late is also low in Belgium: barely 1.6 percent have not attended kindergarten or have attended kindergarten for less than one year.

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