Are Flemish students good readers?

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, BRUSSELS - Flemish students in the 4th grade scored better than average with their reading skills. In marked contrast, they are not as keen on reading as other 4th graders. There are also fewer really advanced readers here.

29 November 2007

BRUSSELS - Flemish students in the 4th grade scored better than average with their reading skills. In marked contrast, they are not as keen on reading as other 4th graders. There are also fewer really advanced readers here.

The best readers live in Russia, Hong Kong and Singapore. This was revealed by an international study on the reading skills of children in the 4th grade of primary school.

Despite the general good score for Flemish students there are clearly fewer students that reach a really high reading level in the 4th grade.

Also compared to children in the other countries in the study, Flemish children from an underprivileged background score notably worse. Another noteworthy piece of information is that in Flanders Turkish children tend to score poorly.

Although Flemish children score quite well for reading skills, they are not really keen on reading. Compared to other Western European countries, the Flemish children score very poorly in this respect.

One of the reasons for this is that Flemish children are not encouraged to read by their parents. Only half of them say their parents play a positive role in their reading habits. Television and video games are more attractive for many children, and in the absence of parental control over these things, children read less.

Further, Flemish schools spend fewer hours on reading than in other countries. They also give fewer homework assignments which include reading.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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