A single country press release about 35th place Sweden preceded the overall report itself, the country which the OECD said has failed to thwart a long-standing decline in the quality of its education system as reflected in the math and science skills results of its teenagers, reported the BBC Wednesday.
Asian countries took the top five slots, followed by the tandem of Finland and Estonia and then a solid preponderance of western and European countries (except for Vietnam in 12th place) all the way down the list of dozens.
Latvia in 24th place was ahead of presumably more developed nations like Norway, Portugal, Italy and the United States.
The World Education Forum is meeting in Incheon, South Korea next week after the conclusion of a fifteen-year term of programs. The forum is set to adopt a strategic agenda for the time period from now until the year 2030.