Bojanić Lalović: Complex reforms in education are needed, apply the practices of successful countries in PISA testing

Regarding the results that are worse than 2018, i.e. the worst since 2012, the DPS MP says that they are a worrying consequence of what has been "accumulating for years"

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Photo: Boris Pejović
Photo: Boris Pejović

Member of Parliament of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), Zoja Bojanić Lalović, commenting on the results of the PISA testing of Montenegrin students, said that complex reforms in education are needed, as well as that the practices of successful countries in PISA testing should be applied.

"I was not surprised by the alarming data when we talk about education in Montenegro and the results that our students achieve, because I am aware that these are only the consequences of some causes that have been accumulating for years, and which have reached their peak somewhere in the last few years," said Bojanić Lalović.

She stated that yesterday's results of PISA testing of Montenegrin students send several messages.

"We know that the results of the PISA test best show how successful some educational policies are, that is, how well our education system has managed to provide the conditions for young people to acquire functional knowledge, that is, to enable them to prepare for an accelerated technological development," she said. Bojanić Lalović.

Regarding the results that are worse than 2018, that is, the worst since 2012, the DPS MP says that they are a worrying consequence of what has been "accumulating for years".

"If science is not in focus in society today and if education is not given special attention, then such results are to be expected. Countries that seriously deal with educational policies work on identifying and solving these problems much more seriously than we do," said Bojanić Lalović.

She also gave examples of what she thinks needs to be done.

"Essentially, we need to start from a valid reform, but not only a reform of the program and a reform that would achieve some political point, but a reform that implies seriously dealing with the demands of all actors in education. You have to react when it comes to supporting teachers and institutions, you have to work on proper education and our supervisory service, the education of editors who edit textbook literature. The practices of those countries that are successful in PISA testing should be applied, but in such a way that through inter-institutional cooperation and enabling the teaching staff to get to know these practices, it will actually be adapted to our educational system. Some partial reaction or application of only some articles of the law without setting valid frameworks also showed that we are just wandering in education. The populism that has been felt lately has particularly affected education, and the ones who suffer the most damage are those whom we need to prepare for the further development path, namely our students", concluded MP Zoja Bojanić Lalović.

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