OECD's skill survey to take place in Latvia for first time

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With the support of the European Social Fund, the implementation of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was launched in Latvia this week for the first time, Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said October 27.

The PIAAC's Survey of Adult Skills is the most extensive study of adult skills and capacity utilization in the world.

In cooperation with IZM, the University of Latvia (LU) and the research center SKDS, it is planned to obtain 7,700 responses by April 2023.

"Digitalization, automation, globalization, population aging, transition to more sustainable energy sources: these are changes that affect every adult, and we must all be prepared for continuous development. These results of the measurement of adult skills will help to make data-based decisions on how to further develop the culture and processes of adult education in Latvia,” said Anita Muižniece, Minister for Education and Science.

The OECD PIAAC study looks at the public's skills in key areas of information processing, including reading, computing and adapting, and problem-solving.

The interviewers of the study center SKDS will come to the Latvian population aged 16 to 65, which will be included in the sample of the study:

  • employed, unemployed, and pensioners,
  • those still in school and those who have long since graduated from school,
  • people with different education levels.

The study consists of a questionnaire filled out by the interviewer from the interviewee's responses, and tasks performed by the participant on a tablet computer specifically designed for it.

"Latvia's greatest wealth is our human capital. That's what we can be proud of, but we don't really know how much and what capital we have. This study will provide answers to important questions about adult skills - the learning of the population as a result of life experience," said Aija Zobena, director of the OECD PIAAC in Latvia.

Based on the results of the OECD PIAAC, Latvia will be able to develop education and training programs for adults with more than 40 countries involved in the study, explaining IZM.


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