DEAR programme helps instil love of reading

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Haji Mohd Jaafar Maun Primary School in Kiulap has seen gradual improvement in students’ reading habits since the introduction of its DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) programme in February this year.

According to principal of the school, Hjh Noraini Hj Timbang, under the DEAR programme, students are scheduled to do some reading in the mornings before class and during break time.

“We can see now that more students are making the effort to go to the library themselves especially during break time,” she said.

She added: “Our students read well but despite being excellent readers, they have difficulty when it comes to comprehension.”

To overcome this issue, she said the school has appointed a committee to keep track of the students’ reading progress, vocabulary and comprehension.

“Teachers are given log books to keep track of the students’ reading (so they will know) how many books are read,” said Hjh Noraini.

The principal added that the log books will also allow teachers to see whether students have completed their reading as well as check comprehension.

She said the school is also working with parents to ensure that students complete reading loaned books. Under the programme, teachers monitor students’ comprehension twice a month.

“Hopefully by implementing such measures, we are able to help them improve their comprehension.”

The school also invited the Language and Literature Bureau’s (DBP) mobile library service yesterday to provide more reading choices to students in a bid to help them improve and expand their vocabulary.

Students can write and study better with improved and expanded vocabulary.

According to Hjh Noraini, the Haji Mohd Jaafar Maun Primary School Kiulap’s library has up to 9,000 to 10,000 books.

“The students have read books in our library over and over again so we want to give them more variety and invite the mobile library service as it has new editions of books that we don’t have.”

Hjh Noraini said this is the first time the school has invited the mobile library service.

An officer from the mobile service library who requested for anonymity said the mobile library service carries up to 3,000 Malay and English books including novels, journals and magazines.

“The students can borrow up to five books each, return them and borrow other books the next time we visit which is once a month.”

She said the variety of books cater to all age groups and are updated before every school holiday to ensure students can borrow new books.

The officer said schools including private and religious schools are welcomed to request for the mobile library service.

The Haji Mohd Jaafar Maun Primary School Kiulap is the 40th primary school the mobile library service has visited since it was introduced.

The Brunei Times