Anambra Government is partnering with the Readers Association of Nigeria (RAN), a literacy enhancement project to improve the reading culture among students in the state.
Prof. Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Education made this known on Monday in an interview with newsmen in Awka.
She said the partnership had led to holding a workshop in the state to enhance the educational development of the reading culture of students.
Omenugha said the workshop would help the teachers to assess the personal improvement of their students.
She said Anambra as a pacesetter in the education management, students should be able to read effectively and do a self-assessment for improved performances.
She said Gov. Chief Willie Obiano’s hard work in the education sector had positioned the state on the path of academic excellence.
The commissioner disclosed that quality resource persons such as Prof. Rob Tierney from the University of Sydney, Australia, was invited to speak to teachers in the workshop on the need for teachers to embrace portfolio assessment.
Omenugha said portfolio assessment would help teachers to assess the children, in turn assess themselves for enhanced development in all fields of human endeavour.
She said teachers should play a vital role in making reading interesting to children and enable them pick up interest in academic activities.
She urged the teachers not to talk down on the children when they failed to get their academic reading right but should correct them love.
The commissioner commended the National President of the RAN, Mrs Irene Mbanefo and her team for the good work it was doing to bring back the reading culture among Nigerian students and pupils.
She said the workshop had a target of imbibing the right skills of reading in the teachers who in turn would pass the standard reading culture to pupils and students.
Newsmen report that RAN since Feb. 16, had been holding workshop with teachers of primary and post primary schools on reading skills enhancement.