Study paints bleak picture of basic literacy levels

2014-11-16 06:00

By the time many South African pupils reach Grade 4, they are functionally illiterate – mainly because they do not read at all during Grades 1, 2 and 3.

Unisa Professor Elizabeth Pretorius reveals in the study: “There was virtually no whole-class storybook reading on a daily basis, let alone weekly. There were no book corners, no books for pupils to practise their fledging reading skills, no reading homework given and very few written exercises to reinforce newly acquired reading knowledge.”

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