By Bukola Olamona
The chairman, Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Princess Oladunni Odu has called on all teachers in the state to inculcate the habit of reading in their pupils as the school resumes for the 2018/ 2019 academic session.
The chairman said this while monitoring the activities of the first day of resumption in some of the primary schools in the Central Senatorial District of Ondo State saying the teachers should prioritize reading culture among the pupils.
She said this can be achieved by creating a period for reading or a reading corner for pupils to use in the classroom whenever they want to read. She noted that in some of the schools that she visited, their libraries and computer rooms were under locks and keys.
She implored headteachers to always make the rooms accessible for use anytime the pupils want to make use of them.
She said the government of Arakunrin Akeredolu is encouraging reading culture among the pupils by providing books in all subjects and instructional materials for all the 1236 primary schools in Ondo state.
She maintained that there is no school that has not been supplied with textbooks in all the primary schools and adequate trainings have been given to the teachers that will make use of these instructional materials.
She reiterated that the Arakunrin Akeredolu-led administration has trained about one thousand, eight hundred (1800) teachers in the first wave of the just concluded Teachers Professional Development(TPD), a training programme in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
She enumerated that the training programme took the trainees in numeracy, literacy, English language, Mathematics, Early childhood care development, quality assurance and jolly phonics.
While commenting on infrastructural development in primary schools, she explained that the Government of Arakunrin Akeredolu has been so magnanimous to primary education like no other government saying the government is presently renovating and constructing 519 buildings across 228 primary schools in the state mainly for their effectiveness and efficiency.
She therefore implored all teachers in the state to allow the efforts of the government to show in their pupils by impacting the right things into them.
She called for patience while teaching the pupils noting that all children are not the same in knowledge acquisition.
She maintained that the government cannot do the work of education alone, and therefore called on all stakeholders in education to collaborate with the government in achieving the mandate of education for all.