- In a comparative study among 50 countries, South Africa placed last in the measurement of the reading skill set of Grade 4 learners.
- 702/CapeTalk host Eusebius McKaiser said that the young are being set up for guaranteed failure, and democracy in itself is in trouble if our children cannot read with comprehension.
- Stephen Taylor, Director of Research at the Department of Basic Education:
- Early reading outcomes are strongly predictive of later education outcomes like getting to matric.
If we look at between 2006 and 2011 there actually does seem to be an improvement.