Every learner needs adequate reading skills to master the subject content of the relevant school year (in other words the school grade) they are in.
Stimulus Maksima! define adequate reading skills as the competency that somebody has to read and understand material graded for his or her specific age or school grade at a prescribed speed.
Reading comprehension and speed at a specific grade does not only strongly correlate with, but actually determines, the learner’s academic achievement. Learners failing to keep up with the reading skills required for their specific grade often show signs of the following:
- Low confidence and self-esteem, often expressed in destructive and undisciplined behaviour.
- Lost of interest in school work resulting in underperformance.
- Trying to find ways to compensate for their inadequate reading skills.
- Emotional problems, resulting in socialising problems.
- Losing hope to pass a school year, finishing their school career and joining a tertiary institution.
- Losing hope of being employed after school.
- Losing hope to fulfill their specific passion in life and many more.
Once learners have experienced the benefits and advantages of achieving adequate reading skills and their required reading age, they usually continue to thrive academically at school and university or professionally in their chosen careers.