T&T shows improvement in global PIRLS Literacy Study 2016

Trinidad and Tobago has showed a steady improvement in the global literacy benchmark, Progress in the International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016.

This is evidence of the successful implementation of the Ministry of Education’s literacy programmes that are designed to increase literacy levels among students.

Trinidad and Tobago has participated in the last three PIRLS Studies and is the only Caribbean country that participates in this Study which is used to judge the progress of participating countries in meeting internationally accepted reading and literacy standards.   

Education stakeholders from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and Roytec attended a meeting at the Education Towers on Thursday 18th January, 2018 to discuss the results of the PIRLS Literacy Study 2016.

Acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) John Roopchan said the Study indicated that the gap between male and female students in Trinidad and Tobago is being reduced. “The results of the Study show that we have improved in many areas. We realize, for instance, that the gap between the girls and boys has been reduced. We have also seen that compared to the previous Studies, we have moved by a significant number of points up.”

Elaborating further on the positive findings of the Study, the Acting CEO revealed some of the literacy initiatives by the Ministry that are playing a critical role in improving the literacy skills of students. “We have brought on literacy and numeracy coaches over the years and that would have impacted on teachers because they are there to work with teachers and the impact of this would have manifested itself through the results that we have had. We also have a lot of literacy programmes and other stakeholders we have been commissioned to work with us, in terms of raising the levels of reading in our schools and literacy on the whole,” he said.

He added, teachers have been receiving extensive literacy training which has also improved literacy standards among students.  


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