Greece ranked strikingly low in the PISA 2022 rankings, taking 44th position in Mathematics with a score of 430; 41st in Reading Comprehension with a score of 438; and 44th in Science with a score of 441, according to recent data from the Bank of Greece.

PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), is a worldwide study by the OECD that evaluates educational systems by assessing 15-year-old students’ performance in mathematics, science, and reading. PISA assesses not only students’ knowledge of these subjects but also their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.

For the first time since the inception of PISA in 2000, the latest cycle extended beyond the usual three years, stretching an extra year due to the pandemic. Approximately 690,000 students from 81 countries participated in the main “PISA 2022” survey, representing around 29 million 15-year-old students from both OECD member countries and 43 additional nations.

Singapore outshone all other participating countries in all three cognitive subjects. In Mathematics, six Asian countries, including Singapore, Macao (China), Taipei (China), Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, achieved the highest performances. Among European countries, Estonia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands recorded the highest scores.

The results of “PISA 2022” indicate a significant decline in performance in Mathematics and Reading Comprehension across most countries compared to 2018. On average, OECD countries experienced a 15-point drop in Mathematics and a 10-point drop in Reading Comprehension during this period. This notable decline, unprecedented in PISA history, is undoubtedly attributed to the pandemic and its impact on the educational landscape of participating nations.