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.

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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.

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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.

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