Awka – Prof. Kate Azuka Omenugha, Anambra State commissioner for Basic Education, has said that the state government is currently setting up Community Reading Hubs across the 21 local government areas of the state to improve literacy level of school children.
The commissioner stated that Anambra was amongst states in the country with the lowest illiteracy level.
Omenugha, who disclosed the innovation to journalists during the distribution of over one million books and 21 laptop computers to schools at the weekend in Awka, said that they had literacy festival where teachers were taught literacy skills, analytical thinking and taught students how they can enjoy the classroom.
She said the state government conducted a research and found out that the riverine areas were disadvantaged educationally, which she said prompted government to deploy more teachers to the areas together with incentives to encourage them, adding that the state government was also making efforts to strengthen its Education Management Information System and data collection.
She expressed worry that the idea of leaving a child on their own to learn how to read and write was an aberration in Igbo culture and tradition, she emphasised that it was of paramount importance for parents, teachers, community members, president-generals and traditional rulers to begin to take interest in the learning process of the child.
Omenugha maintained that the Anambra State Government has begun to get communities involved in the training and literacy enhancement of the child even though she observed that parents take their children to school and abandon them there without recourse to whether the child assimilated what was taught in school or not.