pupilsOver 50% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa do not understand what they read‚ while almost 30% are illiterate. That’s according to research conducted by Stellenbosch University’s department of economics on behalf of the Zenex Foundation. The findings of the two-year study‚ titled “Laying Firm Foundations: Getting Reading Right”‚ have now been published. The focus of the research was to investigate the causes of weak South African student performance in literacy and numeracy in the Foundation Phases of Grades 1 to 3….more