The European Commission has set up an independent group of experts on literacy chaired by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. EU Ministers have set a target of reducing the share of pupils with difficulties in reading, maths and science to fewer than 15% by 2020.
“The launch of this group marks the start of a Europe-wide campaign to address the root causes of low literacy levels. Too many Europeans find themselves locked out of the job market and find it hard to contribute fully to society because they lack basic reading and writing skills. If we want to achieve our Europe 2020 goals for smart and inclusive growth, we must act now to tackle this problem” said Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
The latest results of a worldwide survey on the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science (PISA), show that one in five, or 20%, has low reading skills, slightly better than in 2000.
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