The Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Prof George K.T. Oduro has indicated that reading is an important tool for development hence, the need for it to be encouraged at all levels of education.
According to him, the sense of a common national identity, values of unity and the spirit of volunteerism can be inculcated into the younger generation through reading.
He stressed on the need for students to read materials that will be of great benefit to their personal and social development urging parents and teachers to play their role to ensure that their wards make reading a habit.
Prof Oduro said these at a donation of reading materials by Nation Builders Club, a charity group on the University of Cape Coast campus to the Archbishop Amissah Memorial Catholic Basic School at Duakor in Cape Coast.
Ghanaian children reading at a library Photo: favl
The donation according to the President of the Club, Linda Osibo, is to show the clubs commitment to contributing to the development of society.
The 2013 National Education Assessment (NEA) report has established that a majority of pupils in basic school cannot read to understand either in English or in any Ghanaian language.
In every language, according to the report, at least 50 per cent, and often more of the pupils assessed could not pronounce a single English or Ghanaian word correctly. Even though there have been efforts by both teachers and parents to make reading an interesting habit for students, the situation seems to worsen each day.
UCC Pro-VC, Prof George K.T. Oduro
Recognizing this academic defect and the need to correct it, the club donated the reading materials to the school.
The headmaster of the school Justin Ekor receiving the donation expressed his appreciation to the club for the gesture. He indicated that it is sad that a school close to a university cannot have majority of its students gain admission to study there.
This challenge, he said, is as a result of the lack of basic facilities at the school. He appealed to institutions, individuals and associations to support them.
Source: ATL FM News