Report: "We have already lost half a generation"
One in four boys in Sweden have serious reading problems, says a new government sponsored report.
The reports says that since 1997 Swedish children under 15 have become worse at reading. And worst hit by this problem are boys from poorer backgrounds, or segregated areas.
The head of the investigation, Tomas Lidman, says that children in school who have a hard time reading literature will also face problems in other subjects.
He says that what is needed is to spend money on concrete reforms, like making sure that all schools have a librarian who can stimulate pupils' interest in books.
Lidman warns that "we have already lost half a generation."