Only half of Norwegian teenagers read books during their free time, and boys are especially struggling with reading at school. Girls are still better, according a new survey, but they’re all spending much more time staring at screens than the printed page.
The poor reading results were part of the latest survey of teenagers’ academic standing in the international PISA rankings. They chart the competence of 15-year-olds in reading, math and science every three years.
The latest results showed 25 percent of boys as being under the lowest level at which they could work or continue in school. Norwegian students scored above the OECD average but had weaker results in both reading and science compared to results in 2015. Mathematics competence was unchanged.