Literacy still a challenge for many

  • 08/09/2015
Once upon a time it might not have mattered if as a farmer, you couldn't read and write (file)
Once upon a time it might not have mattered if as a farmer, you couldn't read and write (file)

It's International Literacy Day, and you probably think that isn't a problem for many New Zealanders in this day and age. But you'd be wrong.

Half of our primary industry workers – people who work in farming, agriculture and horticulture – can't read a newspaper or complicated document.

Around a third of the primary sector read at the level of a nine-year old, and for half of the primary workforce, English is their second language.

Once upon a time it might not have mattered if as a farmer, you couldn't read and write. But now it's much harder to get away with it.

Mike Styles is the national literacy advisor for Primary ITO.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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