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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!


“Literacy, maths shocker in SA”

“Most primary school pupils in South Africa are failing tests for basic language and mathematics skills. ‘Poor national averages for language and mathematics in grades three and six show that most learners do not acquire the skills and understanding that give substance to the right to education’,  said the Children’s Institute (Cape Town) in a statement.”

Click here to read more as reported by News24

Click here for the Children’s Institute’s Report:  SA Child Gauge  2008/2009