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Education Minister Emphasises Use of Phonics to Promote Literacy

The federal government have called on stakeholder in the education sector to strongly explore the use of synthetic phonics to improve reading, writing and speaking skills among primary school pupils.

The supervising minister of education, barrister Nyesom Wike made the call today in Abuja at a meeting with commissioners for educations, executive chairmen of state universal basis education, boards and directors of schools.

Synthetic phonics method of teaching English language is a method of teaching, reading and writing in UK schools and a means of enhancing literacy in the society. This method of teaching has been tested and found to be an effective method of improving literacy in and outside the school.

It against this backdrop that stakeholders in the education sector are meeting on increasing literacy levels with synthetic phonics methods.

Speaking at the meeting the supervising minister of education barrister Nyesom Wike who was represented by the director basic and secondary education barrister Daniel Chike urged all stakeholders to take advantage of all available technical support to enhance teacher’s ability.

Earlier, the acting executive secretary, universal basic education commission UBEC professor Rashid Aderinoye said Nigeria must ensure that all children read and write daily.

The managing director of Jolly Learning Limited, United Kingdom is assisting all the 36 states and FCT with free training and resources for primary 1 – 2 teachers and pupils.

Reported by Lulu Bankong

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