Jamaica is expected to achieve the target of 85 per cent mastery in literacy among grade four students by 2015.

This was disclosed by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites at the Western Union Teachers' Workshop, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday.

Thwaites explained that this forecast was based on the trends from the Grade Four Literacy Test results, which last year showed girls within reach of the target.

"It is based on their performance that the ministry is confident of attaining the overall target," Thwaites said.

Western Union will be hosting a special workshops for approximately 160 teachers this Wednesday April 16 from primary schools in Kingston and St. Andrew on improving techniques for the teaching of reading at the primary level.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is encouraging students to read and make good use of libraries across the island to help in advancing their education.

"If you don't have a good library in your school, then ask for the library service to send you a book mobile," the minister said.

Rev Thwaites was addressing the opening ceremony of Reading Day at the Allman Town Primary School in Kingston yesterday. The day is part of the Western Union National Reading Week 2014, which runs from April 7 - 11 under the theme 'A Great Reader Makes A Great Leader'.