Citing PISA, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that the test carried out in 2022 revealed that these students could not solve elementary mathematics or compare the distance between two routes, for example.
They also don’t know how to make equations that are considered simple.
The percentage of students with low performance in mathematics is 31 percent in OECD countries, the “rich club,” while in Brazil it is 73 percent.
The data released this Tuesday refers to 2022. Four years later, in 2018, that percentage was 68 percent of Brazilians (24th in the OECD).
Only one percent of Brazilian students achieve the best level of performance in mathematics.
In countries such as Singapore, which topped the list with the best results, 41 percent of students achieved that indicator.
Brazil occupies the 64th position in the overall record of the discipline (80 countries participated in the evaluation). Students from Singapore, Macau, Japan, and South Korea occupied the top positions.
The lack of mathematics teachers and training difficulties are among the reasons given for the poor performance of the South American giant.
“There is also a certain stigma against this discipline that occurs in many countries, not only in Brazil,” said João Marcelo Borges, Research and Innovation Manager at the Unibanco Institute.
PISA measures the performance of 15-year-old students in math, reading, and science.
Mathematical skills received more attention in that edition.
Brazil has the best results in reading and science, although below the OECD average.
For example, 50 percent of students cannot find the main idea of a text. The overall average is 26 percent.