One in four youths “functionally illiterate”Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:03
The finding does not surprise Jean-Pierre Cornet, President of the League for Children’s Rights. “Schools have been producing illiterates for a long time (…). There are many more illiterates in schools in poor neighbourhoods, which is due to the organization of the Belgian system.”
For the Minister of Compulsory Education Marie-Martine Schyns, “what matters is to address the root of the problem”: “The key is to improve things, may it be at the level of language proficiency, in mathematics or in science, and that's what we are aiming to do with the Pact of Excellence. There are too many young people leaving their studies with an insufficient command of the language, and it is a huge problem,” she admits.
The Brussels Times
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