4 pupils read over 120 books in a year

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FOUR Mabohai Primary School pupils received certificates for reading more than 120 books last year, as part of a pilot reading programme the Ministry of Education introduced last year.

The programme named ‘Reading 40 Books’ was introduced early last year at three primary schools in the Brunei-Muara district, in a bid to foster a strong reading culture.

The three schools that are currently registered for the pilot reading programme are Pulaie Primary School, Amar Pahlawan Primary School and Mabohai Primary School.

During yesterday’s launch of new history books at Rimba I Primary School, Director of Curriculum Development Department Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Nawi said the pilot programme requires the primary students to read as many books as they can throughout the academic year.

He said this will not only encourage pupils to read more and foster love for reading, but would also enhance their literacy development. The programme also requires the pupils to record what they learned from the books .

Hj Abdul Rahman added that the programme seeks to motivate pupils to read more than 40 books within one year and to encourage creativity in writing.

He said when students read different book genres, it can aid them in becoming more imaginative.

In an interview, Acting Senior Special Duties Officer at the Curriculum Development Department Hjh Badriah Hj Saidin said pupils were each given a logbook to record all their readings.

“We distributed the logbooks to the three schools in which teachers or parents will guide students to choose books appropriate for their age and command of the language.

“Students are required to fill in the logbook after reading their chosen story book,” she said, adding that children are urged to read Malay and English books.

She said pupils who have successfully read more than 120 books will be presented with a ‘gold certificate’ and a badge, while students who exceeded more than 80 books will be given a ‘silver’ certificate.

Those who read over 40 books within one year will receive a ‘bronze’ certificate.

“We want parents to be involved as much as they can with helping their children to read. It’s not just reading in school, but also outside of the classroom,” she said.

Hjh Badriah said the students were also encouraged to share the content of the book in front of the class so they can be more confident in presenting their story.

The Brunei Times