The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) on Wednesday said efforts were on to ensure full implementation of reading in the school curriculum for English nationwide.
NERDC’s Acting Executive Secretary, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to Junaidu, research has shown that a large number of the country’s youths and children do not read but prefer fiddling with mobile electronic devices.
“I want to state that the gradual but steady extinction of the reading culture among our children today is becoming quite worrisome.
“There has been too much distraction especially among our youths.
“ The need to revive our reading culture in the country is no longer in contention if indeed we want to accelerate our quest for national development and transformation.
“That is why we have, in our basic education curriculum in English, entrenched the basic skills of reading, just to catch-them-young.
“We want to start catching-them-young by ensuring that they acquire and develop reading skills that would ensure that reading becomes an integral part of whatever they choose to be in future.
“Having said this, I equally think that parents have a huge role to play in ensuring that their children and wards are guided rightly,’’ he said.
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