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ANC calls for whole-of-society approach to address illiteracy

The governing party was reacting to the latest global literacy study, which has ranked the country the worst on a global scale.

This undated file photo shows Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South African Book Fair held at the Africa Museum, Newtown, Johannesburg. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has emphasised the role of government, civil society and parents in eradicating illiteracy in communities.

The governing party was reacting to the latest global literacy study, which has ranked the country the worst on a global scale.

Outcomes from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, released this week, show that 78% of grade 4 pupils in South Africa are illiterate.

The ANC’s study group on basic education's Nonceba Mhlauli says: “We acknowledge the establishment of programmes such as the national reading strategy and foundation for learners’ campaign. These programmes need to be revolutionised to tackle the challenges we face.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)