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4500 Second Graders Can’t Read

The Ministry of Education said today that ten percent of the 45,000 second graders in Israeli primary schools are deficient in reading ability and measures will be taken to remedy the situation. The Ministry said it has already instructed teaching seminars to institute special courses on how to teach reading and that it will examine the teaching methods now used in the first grade. The Ministry is also considering recommendations by a panel of experts that reading instruction and writing should commence in kindergarten.