Parents urged to do part in building reading culture

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THE role of parents and guardians in assisting schools inculcate reading habits in students was highlighted yesterday by a senior official from the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Acculturation-level reading activities should be initiated early and preferably before children start formal schooling, said Permanent Secretary (Core Education) Dr Hj Junaidi Hj Abd Rahman in a speech during the Reading Culture Award 2013 presentation ceremony at the Rimba II Primary School in Kg Rimba, Gadong.

“The duty of parents and guardians, such as motivating and drawing interest in reading to children, should be sown early. This means that parents not only provide books to children and expect them to read alone, but must also show their children that reading is seen as a culture when at home,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ministry will strive to ensure the role and involvement of parents and guardians in creating a culture of reading among students is enhanced.

“I believe in any programme involving reading, these activities will be a catalyst to the development of the country. This is because development is only successful if its human capital development is practised. We already know the process of knowledge acquisition is through reading,” said Dr Hj Junaidi.

The Reading Culture Award 2013 was organised for the first time by the Primary Education Section of the MoE in conjunction with the national reading campaign.

The permanent secretary said the award was also an excellent way for participants to hone their public speaking skills.

“The aspect of reading comprehension was seen as a deciding factor in determining the winner in this contest. This, I believe, will develop the public speaking skills of students, which is also on the agenda of SPN21. I hope the reading programme will not cease here, and will continue from time to time,” he said.

The award is given to students based on the number of books read and results from a reading test that measures the quality of their reading.

The award also aims to increase the number of books read as well as foster and encourage interest in reading among students.

A pantomime, simulation competition and performances from pupils of Rimba II Primary School were showcased, followed by the presentation of certificates to winners and participants.

Also present at the award ceremony was Director General of Education Pg Hjh Sarah Pg Kamaluddin, directors and senior officers from the MoE.

The Brunei Times