Katsina State commissioner for Education, Dr Badamasi Lawal and other experts have decried the low reading of culture in Nigerian schools as part of the obstacle to developing the education sector.
Lawal, an associate professor in Bayero University, Kano, condemned the dearth of reading culture in the country at the 16th speech and prize giving day of Saldefi International School Katsina where no fewer than 400 pupils and students colourfully donned their graduation gowns.
The educationist, who identified the need for stakeholders to buy relevant textbooks for students among measures to tackle the menace, also called on parents to formulate a reading time table for their children or wards.
Speaking earlier, Dr Lizzy Ogolowa, the proprietress of the school, stressed the value of reading culture, stating that school children should imbibe the culture of reading for no fewer than five hours daily to remain intellectually fit based on international benchmark.
She used the opportunity to highlight the resolve of the school to maintain high standards in all indices of educational tenets, stating that the institution boasts of Master Degree holders who are committed to academic excellence.
Ogolowa also touched on some successes of the school including the 100% pass mark it had maintained in WAEC and NECO examinations since inception and enjoined the graduands to be good ambassadors of the school in the respective tertiary institutions they would find themselves.
In a lecture, Umar Musa Yar’Adua University Katsina scholar, Dr Shamsudeen Bello, frowned at the poor reading culture among Nigerian basic schools’ students, identified the use of android phones and tablets by students as some basic distractions, while advocating the establishment of standard school libraries and effective monitoring of children’s reading plan at home.
On his part, the chairman of the Parent-Teacher-Association of the school, Alhaji Dalhatu Haruna, also harped on the need for Saldefi students to utilise the holiday period to study hard against the challenges of the next class even as he extolled the school for its enviable academic standards.
In his remarks, the chairman of the event, Alhaji Bakin Kasuwar Usman, said the spectacular cultural displays by students of different ethnic and tribal groups is an indication of the unity in diversity which has defined the school over the years.
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