Analysis and Comment

Children must be taught to read for comprehension, not just to parrot what they hear. Shutterstock

South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it

The problem in learners' reading performance lies in how reading is taught in most South African schools. Learners are not taught to understand the written word and make sense of it for themselves.

More Analysis and Comment

Parenting

More

Decolonising the curriculum

More

Research and Expert Database

Editors’ Picks

How we are different

10 reasons

Most Read past week

  1. Khanya College: a South African story of decolonisation
  2. Many East African kids attend school – but not enough are actually learning
  3. South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it
  4. From slavery to colonialism and school rules: a history of myths about black hair
  5. China tops US and UK as destination for anglophone African students

Pitch an idea

Got a news tip or article idea for The Conversation?

Tell us

Our Audience

The Conversation has a monthly audience of 5 million users, and reach of 35 million through Creative Commons republication.

Want to Write?

Write an article and join a growing community of more than 60,200 academics and researchers from 2,242 institutions.

Register now