Reading skills among children improving across the world: survey

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Young students across the globe are getting better at reading, finds a new survey.

The 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) says that 96 per cent of fourth graders from over 60 education systems performed well above the international benchmark in reading skills.

“An early start in reading literacy has lasting benefits, with students who had attended pre-primary school for three years or more reporting higher average scores,” said UNESCO in a news release.

Assistance from parents in early literacy activities and safe and well-resourced learning environments with qualified teachers have helped in this achievement, the study has found.

The study also showed that female students outperformed their male counterparts in 48 countries and dependent territories by an average of 19 points.

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