The Ministry of Education says the country has reached its target of achieving mastery in literacy at the grade four level.
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement at a press conference today.
The results show that of the approximately 38-thousand students who sat this year’s Grade Four Literacy Test, 86-percent achieved mastery.
80-percent of boys who sat the test achieved mastery, while almost 93-percent of girls did so.
Minister Thwaites says despite the over 12-percentage point gap between boys and girls, the boys have closed the gap, based on this year’s results.
Last year, only 68-percent of boys achieved mastery.
Minister Thwaites says the achievement of this very significant target is a testament to the work of teachers and principals.
Meanwhile Minister Thwaites says the country remains on track to achieve mastery in numeracy at the Grade Four level by 2018.
Results for the Grade 4 Numeracy Test show that over 65-percent of students achieved mastery, an 8-percentage point increase over last year.
Minister Thwaites says this year’s results show that the target is achievable.