The Centre for Development & Enterprise (CDE) published an important report in March about the crisis in SA’s schools. It makes for grim reading (“Fixing SA’s schools requires a new leadership team”, April 4).

In 2021, more than half of pupils ending grade one did not know all the letters of the alphabet. In 2016 more than three quarters of grade four pupils could not read for meaning in any language. They are most likely lost to basic literacy forever.  ..

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