Manama, May 16 (BNA): Bahraini students excelled in the Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS 2021), as their academic average rose to 458 points, an increase of 12 points compared to the previous results of 2016.
Bahrain ranked third in the Arab world and 45th globally in a study in which 5,251 male and female students in the fourth grade from 119 public schools and 67 private schools in the Kingdom participated.
In his comment, Dr. Muhammad bin Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education, expressed his pride in these outstanding results achieved by Bahrain’s students despite the challenges the world faces due to the Covid-19 epidemic, and this being the Kingdom’s second participation. in this international test.
He stressed that the development of the educational process in Bahrain is a fruitful result of the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
The minister praised the efforts of the Ministry of Education to upgrade educational services at all levels, especially those related to basic skills, such as reading and writing in Arabic and English, as well as numeracy skills, expressing his appreciation to everyone who contributed to the achievement.
Dr. Samah Al-Ajjawi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Development of Education and Learning Policies and the National Coordinator of the TIMSS and PIRLS Office of Studies and Research, said that the ministry worked hard to implement the study because of its importance despite all that. Difficulties faced by the education process during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She praised the efforts of the Curriculum Development Department and school teachers in providing various electronic and paper activities that contributed to the progress made by the Kingdom’s students.
The Ministry of Education has sought to develop action plans to enhance students’ strengths and address weaknesses since the previous results in 2016 through training workshops to develop reading comprehension skills for fourth-grade students.