The Department of Basic Education (DBE) today kicks off its two-day Early Grade Reading Research Indaba aimed at tackling the challenges schools face that hinder the reading skills of South African learners.

The Indaba will see speakers & panelists leading developmental, research, and government bodies contribute insight and discuss the challenges to ensure better reading outcomes among learners.

Media relations officer at the DBE Terence Khala says this is a matter that needs urgent attention.

Khala says the department has, to address this problem, introduced the Early Grade Reading Study in 2012.

He says the idea is to implement the necessary strategies across the country.

Follow the proceedings here.

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