February 01, 2018
Progress too slow on literacy gap
Five national organisations are calling for more support to improve workforce literacy and numeracy.
Literacy Aotearoa chief executive Bronwyn Yates says a million working age people require greater literacy or numeracy skills in order for them to participate as fully as they want to in work, education and every-day life.
New Zealand sits at 13 out of 40 nations in the most recent International Assessment of Adult Competencies numeracy survey.
Ms Yates says while the gap in average literacy and numeracy skills between Maori adults and the total population narrowed between 1996 and 2014, the gap is still substantial and not narrowing fast enough.
Literacy Aotearoa has joined with the Industry Training Federation, Business New Zealand, English Language Partners and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – He Kauae Kaimahi on a workforce literacy call to action.
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