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The literacy levels of primary schools teachers under the spotlight

The competency of primary school teachers recently came under the spotlight, just before the first national assessments of numeracy and literacy levels of primary school pupils.

2008 figures have shown that the majority of grades 3 and 6 pupils in South Africa’s Gauteng province could not read or write at the appropriate level, representing a national figure. Some believe that teachers are to blame, but we need to understand the literacy levels of South African teachers, according to education analyst Sarah Gravett. “A few years ago there was some tests done where teachers wrote grade 6 tests on literacy and many failed or struggled with those tests”

To read more go to the original article on the SABC News site by Clicking Here!

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Gauteng to improve literacy levels by 2014

Sixty percent of Grade 6 learners in Gauteng will be at or above the national literacy achievement standard by 2014, the Gauteng Department of Education said on recently.

Speaking at a media briefing, Education MEC, Barbara Creecy, said government research has shown that the majority of learners in the province are unable to read or write at the levels required by the national curriculum.

To reach the set target of 60 percent, Creecy said the Gauteng Primary Literacy Strategy would focus on four pillars – including annual external assessments of all Grade 3 and 6 learners and the provision of high quality literacy textbooks, workbooks, readers and teacher guides for all learners in 790 underperforming primary schools amongst other things.

To read more go to Gabi Khumalo’s article on allAfrica.com by Clicking Here!