Durban - According to a recent study by the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (Needu), only 5 percent of Grade 5 pupils are able to read at the required rate of 80 to 90 words a minute.
Needu spokesman Nick Taylor attributed these shocking results to a drop in the standard of teacher qualifications.
The problem, however, starts even before a child enters the classroom.
After years of research and seven decades of working with vulnerable children, we have found that children need to learn skills before Grade R.
Reading and writing skills are learnt before our formal schooling career begins. The first five years of a child’s life – when they are most receptive to new information – are the most crucial to ensuring children are well equipped for school.
Children develop a connection between letters and sounds in those early years through imaginative play, rhyming and word games.
Children who are given early learning opportunities display a marked improvement in their reading and writing ability. Having foundation phase skills puts these children in a much better position to perform well academically.
Via Charles Tiayon