Theatre director: Poor PISA test result a consequence of 'moronisation' process

NEWS 03.12.2019 19:27
Source: N1

The poor results that Bosnia's students achieved in the PISA testing are “a logical consequence of the 20-year-long process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is carried out by the international community,” renowned filmmaker Haris Pasovic said on Tuesday, commenting on the results of the international testing that evaluates the knowledge of 15-year old pupils in basic subjects. He called that process a "moronisation."

Bosnia took part for the first time in what is officially called the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and of 79 places took 62nd, behind neighbouring Croatia (29th), Serbia (45th) and Montenegro (52nd).

The PISA testing was designed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and tests the efficiency of the educational system by measuring the performance in mathematics, science and reading.

The international community is the one to blame for the poor results, according to Pasovic.

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“There is no need for drama over the results of the test which showed that the pupils in Bosnia and Herzegovina are illiterate. That's a logical consequence of the 20-year-long process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is carried out by the international community, while our institutions wholeheartedly embraced that process of MORONISATION of people,” he wrote on his Facebook profile.

Pasovic slammed the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for imposing the “eerie” educational reform and introducing the division of schools on ethnic grounds, a segregational practice in Bosnia known as ‘two schools under one roof’.

At the same time, he added, the Office of the High Representative (OHR) – the international administrator who oversees the implementation of a peace treaty which ended the 1992-95 Bosnian war – conducted a “horrific reform” of Bosnia's Public Broadcasting Service “with the assistance of 50 BBC's consultants, who were for two years dismantling the Public Broadcasting Service and brought it to the total disaster.”

Local authorities and institutions “watched idly” what was happening, according to him, and the final result are generations of half-literate students and corruption in schools that were never investigated.