The EU Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina stated that first-ever results of the PISA test in the country represented an important moment for the education sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had joined a total of 79 countries around the world participating in the assessment.  

Over 200 schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the PISA study, which was organized by the Agency for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education (APOSO) in cooperation with UNICEF. The European Union enabled the country’s participation in the PISA survey by co-financing the entry fee in the amount of EUR 194,000.

The PISA test scores in Bosnia and Herzegovina were rather disappointing: The country is ranked 62nd among 79 countries, and results of students in Bosnia and Herzegovina were well below European and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average.  

Ambassador Johann Sattler, Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, underlined that the EU was the biggest international donor for development of education in the country, and emphasized the EU’s continuing commitment to support the education sector in BiH through a number of the EU assistance projects.

PISA is a resource for countries to reform their education policies, which is why I hope these results are really a call for action”, said Sattler.

He underlined that education had a pivotal role in countries experiencing transition as it helps to build democratic culture and contribute to growth and prosperity. Further brain drain of youth can also be mitigated if pupils are given an efficient school system which is internationally comparable, recognized and easily adaptable.

I want to encourage authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue taking part in international assessments. Local authorities need to urgently act in order to ensure the country’s participation in the next, PISA 2021 assessment”, said Ambassador Sattler.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.