EDUCATION officials are concerned that the book-reading culture is dying out among young people and called on the Government to address the problem.
They expressed the sentiments at St Mary’s Primary School in Lae where Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion and Lae MP Loujaya Kouza launched the annual Library Week.
It coincided with the delivery of a second batch of new curriculum textbooks for Lae primary schools.
Local Bradwin Publishers will for the next three years supply books to Lae district primary schools under a K250,000 contract.
Sam Nalong, head teacher of Markham Road Primary School, said the outcomes-based education system was good but there was no training for teachers.
“In terms of the standards of reading and writing, we are going backwards. There are no reading books for our students in the public school today,” he said.
Fegsly Risapi, managing director of Bradwin Publishers, described reading as “the single biggest problem in the country,.
Kouza made a commitment to see a read-a-thon during the 2015 national book week in Lae.
Students will compete in reading for hours.
Prizes for their schools will include books and the construction of new classrooms and teachers houses.
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