Ireland has improved its global education standing by moving up to ninth place in the world rankings.
It finished one place lower in 2012 and the improvement is partly down to Ireland’s strength in terms of graduation rates from second and third-tier education.
These figures are from a table of world literacy, which features in a new study conducted by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain
The table, which assessed 40 countries from around the world, also took into account pupils’ skills in literacy, numeracy and science.
The first four places were all occupied by countries in the Far East, with South Korea topping the pile.
The highest-ranked European nation was Finland, while the UK is deemed to have the sixth best education in the world.
The table is based on a compilation of the results and rankings of a range of international tests, as well as the findings of two US-based studies.
Ireland’s junior education minister Sean Sherlock said the report concluded that student and parent engagement in academic performance was key.
He added that the up-skilling of adults was vital to reduce the decline in skills achieved in school.
For the full report and table, take a look here: www.ccsu.edu