DA calls for independent panel of experts to probe 78% illiteracy rates
5 December 2017
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which measures literacy rates of Grade 4 learners, has revealed that an astounding 78% of learners in Grade 4 are not able to read in any language. Essentially, our Grade 4 learners are illiterate.
This is a shocking indictment on the provision of quality basic education and shows clearly that Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, continues to fail our children.
It is high time that we get to the bottom of why South Africa consistently places last on most internationally ranked education indices.
The DA has therefore written to Minister Motshekga to demand that she appoint an independent panel of experts to probe the root causes of this unacceptably high illiteracy rate.