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Imbibing a Good Reading Culture

Peace is a high school- level educator and a writer that is dedicated to creating engaging contents for online platforms.


The Consequences of Not Reading.

A noticeable trend in the education sector is the high rate of failure by candidates in public-conducted examinations. Why do students fail? This is a question that has been a source of worry, anxiety, and concern to all stakeholders in the education of young ones- government, teachers, educationists, parents, and so on.

Much has been said and a lot has been written about the falling standard of education in our society today. There is no doubt that the standard of education nowadays leaves much to be desired.

The factors responsible for the failure of candidates in examinations are many and varied. Let us consider the students themselves. Many of the students do not take their studies seriously. Instead of facing their studies, they engage themselves in many activities which are detrimental to their progress. They fail to prepare for their examinations. You remember the saying?- "to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail"- or what miracle does one expect to happen when an unserious student sits for an examination?

Teachers have a share of the blame. The majority of the teachers are no longer devoted and committed to their jobs. Some skip lessons. Some have other Private businesses to which they pay greater attention.

Parents too are to blame. Many parents fail to cater to the needs of their children. Many of them do not provide textbooks and other educational materials for their wards. One wonders how a child can perform well without textbooks. Some dump their wards in boarding houses and do not bother to find out how they are fairing.

Society itself contributes much to the failure of students in examinations through its warped value system. Society places much emphasis on money and what money can buy. Anyone who acquires wealth through whatever means- fair means, foul means, any means at all- is made an object of worship. Since the child has observed that money is regarded as the all in all, he doesn't see the need to receive an education. His main concern is how to acquire Money. His mind is far away from the classroom environment. The societal value system serves as a disincentive to education.

The government itself shares in the blame. The government is the regulatory authority. In many areas where the government should ensure strict compliance with the policy, it does not do so. The government often fails to ensure strict discipline among school heads, teachers, and students. The reliance on examination malpractice is usually on parades. From parents buying live questions from dishonest examination officials and invigilators to teachers and supervisors being bribed to offer assistance during an examination. Cases of impersonation, collusion, and cheating go unreported.

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Another contributory factor is the loss of the reading culture. The inability of students to imbibe good reading culture has resulted in the mass failure in various examinations because, with a poor reading habit, learners cannot comprehend the intention of the writer. The need to cultivate a very good reading culture to be well informed and of course to pass examinations cannot be over-emphasized. One of the basic language skills is reading. In any literate society, reading is a very essential aspect of effective communication in daily activities. Reading has been many things to many people. To some people, it is like looking at printed words while most students see it as a tedious task that has to be performed to pass particular examinations.

Reading like any other term has been described in several ways such as: 'Reading is an intellectual activity directed towards the extraction of information from a written piece. In the olden days, every student had to read at least a novel a term. The result was that students spoke and wrote good English. Also students read their textbooks and relevant books from cover to cover. Nowadays, even the recommended texts are not read. Similarly, many teachers themselves hardly read anything extra apart from the textbooks which they use in preparing their notes of lessons.


Ways to Improve Reading Among Students and Teachers.

One of the ways of improving the reading culture in our society is through the provision of adequate and relevant textbooks for schools. Textbooks are reservoirs of knowledge. They provide the readers an opportunity to interact with the best brains living and dead. Facts in the textbooks are researched into and so almost invariably provide scholars with an almost infallible source of knowledge. They are indispensable tools to reading, so they should be readily available to both the teacher and the taught.

Teachers must be well equipped in their chosen profession by consulting various textbooks relating to their disciplines. Moreover, they should live abreast of time in their noble profession by organizing and attending workshops and seminars aimed at educating and refreshing them. In this way, they will be purged of outdated and obsolete methods and facts and adorned with modern methods and current facts.

The school environment has to be made inviting if learners are to be encouraged to imbibe the reading culture. The structures in the school must be attractive and well ventilated. They should be adequately furnished and provided with conveniences. The provision of a good and functional library should be made a matter of priority.

If this situation is to change, therefore, everybody must be involved in a new orientation.


Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 17, 2021:

Thank you, centfie for reading and commenting. Much appreciated!

Centfie from Kenya on May 17, 2021:

This is an informative article pointing out the need for improving reading culture and the disadvantages of not sustaining it. Indeed, reading gives us a connection to "living and dead" brains.

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