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Contact: Julita Peter

Tuesday, May 28, 2002 - Teachers and students of Education District Two on Monday May 27 opened a one-week reading exhibition as part of the culminating exercises for reading month. Principal of the Canon Laurie Anglican Infant School and a coordinator of the exhibition,

Mrs. Elizabeth St. Ange, said that over the years students have demonstrated weaknesses not only in the English Language but in other subjects as well. She believes that this can be attributed to insufficient reading.

She commented that,“We know full well that there is a weakness in reading, it filters throughout all the other areas in the school curriculum. We are very concerned at the children’s performance in reading; we are also very concerned knowing full well the amount of money that is spent in the field of education. We know that many teachers are very knowledgeable in the area of reading and they are endeavouring to make an impact. I know lots of parents buy lots of books for their children looking back at the kind of response that was with the Logos. We know that lots of books were purchased, but then why can’t our children read a little more? ”

St. Ange said that quite apart from the reading exercises undertaken at schools around the island, parents themselves need to encourage their children to read more.

Throughout the 2002 reading month schools at both the primary and secondary level were involved in several activities including the production and sale of bookmarks and reading tags. Resource persons were also invited to conduct reading sessions at the various schools.


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