Saturday, May 30, 2015

1.3 Million Dutch Have Great Difficulties Reading

1.3 million Dutch people between the ages of 15-65  have great difficulty reading. That is about 10% of the professional population. The number has recently increased, with 200,000 more people as compared to five years ago. Part of these people are elderly who have done little to maintain their reading skills. Another large group are children of non-Western immigrants whose parents have a poor knowledge of Dutch. Another 250,000 people can neither read nor write. Poor literacy costs Dutch society about half a billion Euro per year.

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