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Over 50 percent of Grade 4 learners can’t read

Date: May 30, 2016

A study conducted by Stellenbosch University has revealed that over 50% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa do not understand what they read‚ while almost 30% are illiterate.

A study conducted by Stellenbosch University has revealed that over 50% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa do not understand what they read‚ while almost 30% are illiterate.

 

The research which was conducted by Stellenbosch University’s department of economics on behalf of the Zenex Foundation‚ titled “Laying Firm Foundations: Getting Reading Right” investigated the causes of weak student performance in literacy and numeracy in the foundation phase.
 

The study also focused on overcrowded classrooms, with the Eastern Cape and Limpopo coming up as two provinces that have more than 60 learners in classrooms between Grades 1 and 4.
 

#AMLive anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Economist and researcher on socio economic policies who on the Stellenbosch report Dr Gabrielle Wills, Researcher at the Department of Basic Education Dr Martin Gustafsson and Professor Lara Ragpot researcher in the Sarchi Chair on Education at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus

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