Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger has called on many primary school children to read aloud in view of the weak reading skills.
"By reading to children, we support their academic and personal development and make a valuable contribution to achieving equal opportunities and education in Germany," said the FDP politician to the German Press Agency on the occasion of the nationwide reading day this Friday.
Reading decides on further educational path
"We must be aware that this is about a fundamental question: In particular, the ability to read fluently is more decisive than any other basic skill for the entire further educational path and thus also for life. We urgently need to achieve a turnaround here," said Stark -Watzinger.
The Reading Day is an initiative in which the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", the Reading Foundation and the Deutsche Bahn Foundation are involved. Since 2004, this has been a sign of the importance of reading aloud every year in November.