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Against the background of the recently published Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Foundation and Intermediate Phase teachers participating in the VVOB-led Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are sharing ideas to support teaching reading among foundation and intermediate phase learners.       

Reading crisis

The PIRLS 2016 results say 8 in 10 Grade four South Africa children cannot read for meaning in any language. The study tests students in 50 countries in the language they used in grade 1-3. The report also points to declining numbers of students reaching high levels of reading achievement.