Bulgaria came in at 47th place out of 65 countries whose 15-year-old pupils took part in an international assessment of mathematics skills.
Only two European countries ranked lower – Montenegro and Albania.
Bulgaria was outdone by all other countries in the region, below Cyprus, which in turn was outdone in ascending order by Romania, Turkey, Serbia and Greece.
The study by PISA – the Programme for International Student Assessment – ranked Bulgaria 51st in reading and 45th in science.
PISA is among the most prestigious international comparative studies of student performance , and it is carried out under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The assessment involved 5280 Bulgarian pupils aged 15 to 16 years from 188 schools in the country.
Bulgarian pupils achieved a mean score of 439 points in mathematics, below the OECD average of 494.
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