Vietnamese elementary school students have achieved top scores in reading comprehension, writing, and math among the six countries taking part in a survey sponsored by the 2019 Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) program.
The survey results were announced during an online conference held on Tuesday by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) regarding the SEA-PLM program.
Participating in the program, member countries’ elementary school students were assessed in reading comprehension, writing, and math.
The virtual SEA-PLM 2019 meeting was joined by participants tuning in from Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and the SEAMEO Secretariat headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
In reading comprehension, 82 percent of the Vietnamese students scored competency levels of six out of six.
Malaysia was the runner-up with 58 percent of its students achieving a competency level of six in the same domain. The remaining countries saw 10 percent or less of their students earn perfect scores.
In the writing domain with eight levels of competency, 20 percent of Vietnam’s elementary school students scored eight out of eight.
Only 2-4 percent of students from the other participating countries recorded perfect scores.
In math, 42 percent of the Vietnamese students achieved a nine out of nine, while all other countries marked below 10 percent of their students with perfect scores.
SEA-PLM is a regional program launched in 2011 by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that assesses the learning outcomes of grade-five students, informing policymaking and ensuring that all children achieve meaningful learning, thereby improving member countries’ quality of education.