South African Kids Rank Last in Global Reading Assessment, Urgent Action Required!
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results unveiled the disappointing performance of South African grade 4 students, with an average score of 288 compared to the international average of 500 as reported by DispatchLive.
Egypt was the only other African country in the assessment, achieved higher scores, while Singapore, Hong Kong, and Russia dominated the top ranks.
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The findings indicate a pressing need to focus on enhancing learners’ reading comprehension and literacy skills, emphasising the importance of meaningful reading and understanding of written texts.
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