In my previous blog, I discussed the growing significance of bilingualism on the global stage. An intriguing example of this can be seen in Saudi Arabia, where Chinese Mandarin is being introduced as a second language in all state schools. Furthermore, on a global scale, the 2025 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) examinations are set to place a renewed emphasis not only on science but also on foreign language assessments. These assessments will be aligned with the European framework scales to gauge each nation's foreign language education and proficiency levels.
PISA is widely respected as an accurate measure of educational progress. Denmark, for instance, has witnessed a decline in its results in both math and science over the past eight years. Science, in particular, has shown low levels of attainment, regressing to the same level as its 2006 performance.
This situation underscores the pressing need for in both foreign language education and science in the coming two years, with the aim of achieving higher standards.