SI Congratulated on Literacy and Numeracy Results

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Young school children in Western Province

THE High Commissioners for Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Roderick Brazier and Mr. Don Higgins, have congratulated Solomon Islands on their positive results in the 2018 Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA).

The 2018 results, released this year, show a positive trend of improvement in grades 4 and 6 literacy and numeracy since 2012. In 2018, Solomon Islands students also outperformed the Pacific regional average. While, on average, 83% of grades 4 and 6 students across the Pacific achieved the expected numeracy standard, in the Solomon Islands around 97% of grades 4 and 6 students achieved the expected numeracy standard.

“It is excellent and very encouraging to see the growth in numeracy and literacy proficiency amongst Solomon Island learners since the 2012 and 2015 PILNA reports”, Mr. Higgins said.

He went on to note that, “the results reflect the ongoing efforts of MEHRD and the entire education sector – including Education Authorities, schools, teachers and communities – to improve the quality of education offered in the Solomon Islands.”

“I am so impressed that Solomon Islands grades 4 and 6 students outperformed the region in literacy and numeracy last year,” Mr. Brazier said.

“While many of us grown-ups supported this outcome in different ways, it is the students who sat down and completed the PILNA last year and it is to them, in particular, I want to say: well done. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep doing maths. These are the building blocks of education that enrich life on so many levels.”

Both High Commissioners noted the value of PILNA as an internationally recognized assessment program that provides longitudinal data to help measure and celebrate progress. Australia and New Zealand are the lead development partners supporting education in the Solomon Islands. PILNA is managed by The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Educational Quality and Assessment Programme.

More information on the 2018 Solomon Islands PILNA result is available at www.mehrd.gov.sb.