By Godfrey Bivbere & Uche Dim
WARRIâ€”Former Commissioner of Education in Delta State,Â Dr.Â Ogbuagu, has expressed worry about the deficiencies in the nationâ€™s school system which has affected the reading culture of over 80 percent of students in the country.
Ogbuagu, who disclosed this at the launching of the book My Step Mother by Mrs. Pat Ero Bivbere, in Warri, Delta State, said one goal of schooling was the development of language and literacy, including oral language as well as reading and writing.
According to her, â€œreading problems constitute one of the most frequently experienced difficulties of Nigerian public school pupils and students and over 80 percent of Nigerian public primary school pupils are poor readers who have problems with comprehension of what they read.â€
In her speech titled Promoting reading culture, partnership with families, Ogbuagu said the Nigerian child needed to have a good command of the English Language to function well in his country and communicate effectively with people in other countries of the world.
She noted that it was imperative for the Nigerian child to be taught good English recognized and accepted all over the world from the primary school.
Ogbuagu pointed out that for a child to have the upper-hand in English Language, the parents, teachers and schools, all have a role to play in the development of language and literacy.