Three million out of South Africa’s 60 million citizens lack basic education. Their lack of literacy and numeracy adversely affects the productivity and profitability of businesses. This, along with other problems related to illiteracy, costs the South African economy $6.7 billion annually, according to a new study by the Australia-based non-profit World Literacy Foundation. What’s worse is that literacy levels have continued to decline in the country over the past two years. South Africa’s longstanding reading crisis is mainly attributed to inadequate teachers in schools. Other challenges include a poor reading culture and inadequate access to books. “About 67 million children do not have access to primary school education and another 72 million miss out on secondary school education,” the World Literacy Foundation’s study said.
SOURCE: QUARTZ AFRICA