"Literacy skills start developing from birth where babies watch and listen to their parents reading stories to them and listen to the conversations happening around them". (iStock)
According to local educators, one positive of the pandemic has been increasing awareness of the difficulties they face, such as overcrowded classrooms and the lack of individualised attention provided to struggling pupils.
They've also highlighted that as far as reading goes, this basic, but vital skill, is not taught beyond Grade 3.
"There is no 'teaching' to read thereafter; it is just expanding the vocabulary," an anonymous teacher told Parent24.
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