Teachers in the toil for a reading culture

2017-05-18 06:02
Nonzoleko Madliwa, deputy principal, Librarian Vuyelwa Zweni and learners during the reading competition on Friday.                 PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nonzoleko Madliwa, deputy principal, Librarian Vuyelwa Zweni and learners during the reading competition on Friday. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Teachers at Ummangaliso Primary School in Khayelitsha are pulling out all stops to ensure a culture of reading is reinforced on their learners.

As a result learners, from Grades R to Grades 7 participated in reading marathon on Friday.

Nonzoleko Madliwa, the deputy principal, said the competition was organised after teachers noticed that learners were failing their tests as a result of not adequate exposure to reading.

“They just could not fathom instructions.

“We have a problem of learners who do not read, so we organised this competition to promote and cultivate the culture of reading to them.

They need to be encouraged to read even at home. Some learners fail simple tests because they did not read the instructions.

All subjects, including maths, need a learner to read first in order to understand what should be done. We appeal to parents to ensure that their children read at home,” Madliwa said.

Grade R learners read IsiXhosa books, while others read in IsiXhosa and English books.

This was the first time the school organised such a competition, and plans are afoot continue with the programme in each term.

Kuyasa Library donated books to the school and a cellular network sponsored the event with prizes.

Iviwe Phama, a Grade 2 learner, said she loved reading and that her mother encouraged her to read at home.

Ziyanda Matomela, a parent, said the competition should be continuous.

“It is very important, it speaks to the education of our children.”


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