The South African education sector has been criticized for its poor performance and this has raised concern in both education experts and parents.
Experts believe that quality in education should not be measured on what is being taught but rather on what children have learnt.
According to an international assessment and research project, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), eight out of 10 Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning across all languages in South Africa.
In an interview, Director of Education Partnerships Group, Jonathan Molver said:
The significant shortage is not just in the number of teachers but also in the quality of teachers.
Molver added that this is a critical hurdle that needs to be overcome by teachers being given the support that they need to deliver quality education.
It has been reported that teachers that have left the profession, because they had found it incredibly difficult to stay upon entering the profession due to the lack of support and resources.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has a number of initiatives that are aimed at improving literacy levels in its schools.
One of them includes the Read to Lead Campaign, which was launched at the Northern Cape High School.
DBE Director for LTSM and Innovation, Ms. Kulula Manona had encouraged this particular community to read at least once a day, because “reading is a foundational skill on which all other learning is built”.