Written by Godfrey AKON

Stakeholders task teachers on Read Campaign

As poor educational outcomes remain a source of worry in primary and secondary schools across the country, stakeholders have charged teachers to join federal government’s read campaign efforts to address the challenge of declining reading culture among students.

Addressing participants at the 2015 Awareness Campaign on Reading in Abuja, a representative of Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President, OSSAP, on MDGs, Dr Ify Ukaegbu, urged teachers to take the read campaign seriously as “no teacher can teach what he or she does not know.”

Earlier, Mrs. Christiana Okpede of the Ministry of Education expressed dismay over the current low level of literacy and poor reading and comprehension competences of learners in schools.

“More worrisome is the realisation that some teachers in the schools do not read comprehensively beyond their respective disciplines.

“Even some graduates of tertiary institutions are deficient in the required reading, speaking and writing skills which either render them unemployable or inhibit their competences in production and service delivery,” she said.

Okpede expressed optimism that sustained awareness campaign on reading would make a positive difference and urged effective collaboration among stakeholders on the matter.

Also speaking, the Deputy Director on Informatics, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Cecilia Daniel, admonished young people, who were targets of the 2015 campaign, to strive to get it right from the foundation, stating that anything built on a wrong foundation would not stand.

Daniel urged participants to take the message to other students in order to institutionalise reading culture.

The event, which drew participants from about ten Primary and Junior Secondary schools in Abuja, was jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, National Action Committee on Read Campaign, NACORC, and MDGs Office.

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