Manitoba students had the lowest scores in Canada for science and math according to the results of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This results are also worse than the one Manitoba student had in 2015 in these subjects.
The PISA is carried out by member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It tests the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds in the aspects of math, science and reading.
The provincial Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen is disappointed to see the results. He points out that the test scores started sliding about ten years ago and that is why he launched the K-12 Education Review Commission earlier this year. The review will look into what is being taught in the classroom, as well as other challenges, which affect students' education, such as poverty.
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont explains, "Too many students show up at school hungry. In addition, there is a large number of kids who can't read, and part of that is because their parents can't read."