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Thailand was ranked the 47th place in the latest global school ranking by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Singapore came out the lead among 76 countries surveyed in mathematics and science scores touted as the “most comprehensive picture possible” of countries’ current skill levels.
The country that was in last place was Ghana.
The ranking, which put more than a third of the world’s nations, pulls together the latest test scores from the Programme for International Student Assessment for 15-year-olds and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study for 14-year-olds, in 2012 and 2011 respectively.
Finland was sixth, while African nations Ghana and South Africa took the last two spots.
Vietnam was the next highest ranked Asean country at 12th place, ahead of Germany and Australia.
Among ASEAN countries, Singapore came the 1st place, Vietnam 12th, Thailand 47th, Malaysia 52nd, and Indonesia 69th.
The United Kingdom was ranked 20th, while the United States was ranked 28th.
The rankings are based on a combination of international tests taken in different regions, putting developed and developing countries on a single scale.
OECD stated in its report released this week that the standard of education is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run”.
It also said “Poor education policies and practices leave many countries in what amounts to a permanent state of economic recession.”
This latest findings will be formally presented at the World Education Forum in South Korea next week, where the United Nations is to convene a conference on targets for raising global education by 2030.
In other findings, OECD said countries that had poor test scores had the largest share of students without basic skills. Hong Kong had the smallest share, while Singapore had the fourth smallest (10 per cent of pupils without basic skills).
Being a high-income country, however, does not mean having zero underperformance in education. The United States, for example, was placed 28th for its test scores, and close to a quarter of its students failed to attain basic skills, it said.