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LIT­ER­ACY LOST – CANADA’S BA­SIC SKILLS SHORT­FALL

- Illiteracy · Career · Education

Lit­er­acy is not just the abil­ity to read, it is the abil­ity to read and un­der­stand well and then ap­ply what has been read to a range of prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional lit­er­acy as­sess­ments, more than 40% of Canada’s work­force do not have ad­e­quate lev­els of the lit­er­acy skills needed to learn ef­fi­ciently and be highly pro­duc­tive in most jobs.

REC­OM­MEN­DA­TION TO BC GOV­ERN­MENT:

1.

Build and im­ple­ment com­pe­tency frame­works to iden­tify skill lev­els and 2. 3. com­pe­ten­cies re­quired by jobs in the econ­omy and em­bed lit­er­acy in all work­force train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives;

Man­date the new Fu­ture Skills Cen­tre to in­clude cog­ni­tive skills in its re­search and im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­grams; and,

En­sure that each of our prov­ince’s K-12 and post-se­condary in­sti­tu­tions of­fer an ad­e­quate num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and up­grade their lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, prob­lem-solv­ing skills & other es­sen­tial skills.

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