Muscat: Morocco, Qatar, Yemen and Kuwait were found to be lagging behind in terms of student literacy quality among the Arab countries, according to an international report on the academic quality of school students for the year 2012.
Students of the Sultanate of Oman also have not fared very high on the list, but were found better than those of the above-mentioned countries, but lagging behind students in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
The test included the performance of fourth-grade students in science, mathematics and reading whereby the study assessed the performance of 49 countries, according to a report published by Al Jazeera Net.
The study was conducted by researchers at Boston College, in which Hong Kong, Russia and Finland were considered as the best performing countries in terms of academic quality.
Among the Arab countries, Yemen, Kuwait and Morocco students performed the worst in mathematics.
On the other hand, Tunisia, Yemen and Morocco were at the bottom of the chart in science, according to study published last week.
The study also found that educational standards of the students had generally improved globally during the last 10 years and the number of countries which accorded top priority to education was increasing.
Meanwhile, teachers in the Sultanate of Oman have expressed concern about the performance of students in schools and attributed it to inadequacies in the educational system.
"Unfortunately, many students in higher grades don't even know how to read or write even their names, which rings alarm bells in our schools," said Ahmed Al Saa'di, a teacher.
Some academics believe that the basic education and the educational system plays a big role in shaping up the quality of students.
Observers also see the need for urgent measures from the authorities concerned to reassess and improve the educational system.