LITERACY is a big problem in schools, according to headmaster John Kama.
Kama, the head teacher of the Avi Primary school, in Anglimp, Jiwaka, had served in Chimbu as well.
He said many students could not speak fluent English.
Kama said students did not read books in primary schools because there were no library books.
Avi Primary School celebrated Literacy Week recently.
He said students not only needed to know the skills of reading at different levels but write and interpret what they read to others.
Kama said even in primary school and high schools, reading was very poor, resulting in their poor writing.
“Many times, we find pidgin words in their stories or sentence structure when students write in English,” he said.
He said this was a clear indication of the problem.
Kama said schools which had library books for different age groups enabled students to learn how to read and understand what they read. In turn, it would help them speak fluent English and write better English.
“Without library books, teachers can’t perform miracles to help the students even though we know their weaknesses,” he said.
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