Lagos - The Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education, Christiana Okpede, has expressed concern at the current low levels of literacy and comprehension competencies among local educators and students.
She said it was of major concern students at universities were not exempt.
“Even more worrisome is the realization that some teachers in the schools do not read comprehensively beyond their respective disciplines. Even some graduates from 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 was speaking in Abuja at a workshop marking the 2015 Awareness Campaign on Reading.
The Federal Ministry of Education’s National Action Committee on Read Campaign (NACORC) and the Millennium Development Goals Office organised the event.
“The issue of poor performances among students is an unpalatable fact that must be told,” Okpede told participants as she declared the workshop open on Tuesday.
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Stakeholders meanwhile highlighted the importance of the Read Campaign the Federal Ministry of Education is promoting as a strategic step towards addressing the challenges of poor reading culture among students and the general public.
Representative of the Office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President of MDGs, Dr Ify Ukaegbu, urged teachers in particular to take the campaign seriously.
“No teacher can teach what he or she does not know,” she stressed.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Nigeria has a literacy rate of 59,6 percent. The continental average is 64 percent.
- CAJ News