R65m: that’s how much it cost to show how poorly our Grade 4s read
Education department says the global test is a chance to assess whether its policies are bearing fruit
SA’s participation in an international study assessing pupils’ ability to read with meaning has cost R65m.
These figures, released publicly for the first time, are contained in a document titled “Setting reading benchmarks in South Africa”, which was published on the basic education department’s website on November 5.
According to the document, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) assessments in 2011 and 2016 cost about R20m and R45m respectively...