Literacy is a crisis in South African schools

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Literacy is a crisis in South African schools with almost 80% of learners in Grade 4 (old St. 2) who cannot read.

In an international comparative study that tests literacy between 2011 and 2016, SA learners achieved the 50th place in a group of 50.

In 2016, PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) tested more than 12 800 Grade Four students and nearly 8 out of 10 were unable to pass the standard set by PIRLS.

Educators attribute this to the result of the ANC government’s educational programs that have been put in place since 1994 and say it is, therefore, no wonder that traditional white schools are flooded with pupils from other cultural backgrounds due to black schools failed attempts.

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