Dec 03, 2013
By Scott Walker
Canadian students continue to do well on a global survey of educational skills. But Canada continues to lose ground.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released a survey of 15-year-old students from 65 countries that it conducts every three years. The latest figures show that Canada has dropped out of the top ten in math skills for the first time.
Critics point to a recent change in curriculum for the declining scores. And the CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives calls it a “national emergency.” John Manley says Canada can no longer rely on its natural resources, but must develop a skilled workforce.
Employers say they are facing a shortage of workers with math and engineering training.
Canada also dropped to sixth place in reading. In 2000, we were second. And we dropped from third to eighth in science.