We’re throwing the book at SA’s reading crisis


We’re throwing the book at SA’s reading crisis

The government's idea is to bombard children with books so they become 'flourishing' readers


The department of basic education is planning to “flood” primary schools with reading material in a desperate bid to make children become avid readers.

Its development of a national reading plan for primary schools comes in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise in his state of the nation address last month that within the next 10 years every 10-year-old will be able to read for meaning.

The results of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released in 2017, found that eight out of 10 children in Grade 4 cannot read for meaning...

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