Implementation of KILT’s initiatives is backed by the principals, assisted by volunteers and supported by donor funding.
High school reading with comprehension
The literacy gap in South African schools results from inequality, which – in a vicious cycle – increases and entrenches inequality. Poor reading and low comprehension are influenced by several factors: teachers’ difficulties with teaching in a second language; under-qualification of teachers; shortage of teaching materials and books; and low participation among learners in classroom activities.
To ameliorate this, in 2019 KILT is introducing a remedial reading programme across all participating high schools at Grade 8 level – which is known to be a high-risk transition from primary to high school. We believe that by supporting reading with meaning as we have done in the primary schools, we will be able to address many individual, social and economic issues.
Expected outcomes include better performance on reading assessments; growth in learners’ confidence; increased engagement, understanding and learning; and, with a better pass rate, an increase in throughput to Grade 12.