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Latest global literacy study a reality check - ANC

The progress in international reading literacy study released its results this week, showing 78% of grade 4 pupils in South Africa are illiterate.

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has reacted to the latest global literacy study, describing it as a reality check.

The progress in international reading literacy study (PIRLS) released its results this week, showing 78% of grade 4 pupils in South Africa are illiterate.

The governing party says this emphasises the need to re-evaluate the way pupils are taught in the classroom.

The ANC’s Study Group on Basic Education’s Nonceba Mhlauli said: “It also emphasises the need to enhance the quality of teachers. We urge the minister and deputy minister of education to look into more enhanced ways of appointing qualified teachers.”

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The ANC says South Africans must take collective responsibility for the current state of the education system.

The governing party has emphasised the role of the government, civil society and parents in eradicating illiteracy in communities as a whole.

Mhlauli said: “We’re of the view that we must take full responsibility for the current state of our education and implement better ways of teaching, and ensure that learners read comprehensively.”

The ANC says while it acknowledges the programmes implemented by the Basic Education Department, the initiatives need to be revolutionised in order to tackle the high illiteracy rate.

Mhlauli said: “These programmes need to be revolutionised in order to tackle the challenges that we face. They should also include best practices by other countries except for the demographics of our country. We’re also proud of the implementation of early grade reading study.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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