60% of pupils can't read by end of Grade 4

Stellenbosch University's Research on Socioeconomic Policy (ReSEP) Group released a reports which find that about 60% of school pupils in South Africa cannot read by the end of Grade 4.

The report finds that these pupils do not fully engage with the curriculum and fall further behind the curriculum even as they are promoted into higher grades.

Analysing the findings of these reports, Luzuko Sidimba, Eastern Cape head of Equal Education, says that there is a serious need to look at how languages are taught in most of South African schools, which affects literacy levels among pupils.

Listen to the conversation below:

In Grade 4, that's when learners (in previously disadvantaged schools) start to be taught in English. If English was taught from Grade R, I'm sure we would have a different literacy level

Luzuko Sidimba, Eastern Cape head of Equal Education

If learners at a basic level of education cannot read, the question is when they are tested again in Grade 7 or Grade 8, would they be able to read for meaning then?

Luzuko Sidimba, Eastern Cape head of Equal Education
Read More
Meet the woman striking the gender balance in the energy sector

Meet the woman striking the gender balance in the energy sector

Noxolo Kahlana believes there are many opportunities for women in the energy sector and encourages women to jump on the bandwagon.

Should heads of state make public their health status?

Should heads of state make public their health status?

Following speculations on the health of Nigerian President Buhari, Gugs and Sizwe ask why head of states hide when they are sick.

A steep price tag may not always constitute a good bed

A steep price tag may not always constitute a good bed

702's Gugs and Sizwe chat to UCT sleep researcher about how much time and energy should go into choosing the right bed.

Suicide is prevalent among business owners - insurance advisor

Suicide is prevalent among business owners - insurance advisor

Karina Namhing, Director at Nam Inc analyses the reason insurance companies are reporting high suicide rates in 2016.

Why documentaries still matter

Why documentaries still matter

Movie Producer and long-standing industry member, Anant Singh speaks to 702's Sizwe Dlomo about the relevance of factual content.

Overbooking issue should have been resolved at the gate - airline expert

Overbooking issue should have been resolved at the gate - airline expert

Following a video that's been making the rounds online 702's Gugs and Sizwe ask if airlines are allowed to overbook.

Popular articles
Struggles interracial couples still face

Struggles interracial couples still face

The Open Line took an unexpected turn when a caller in an interracial relationship shared how her father rejected her partner.

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

Interested in sexting but worried about the risks? Dr Eve has created a guideline to help you 'sext' in a fun and responsible way.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Michiel le Roux speaks about the fascinating story behind the little bank that has the Big 4 shaking in their boots.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?