“Learners who adopt reading habits as part of their daily routine are likely to attain excellent academic results as they are being groomed to master content knowledge in subjects such as Mathematics and Physical Science,” said Minister Angie Motshekga, addressing the audience at the Observatory Junior School in Cape Town on 02 March 2017.
Minister Motshekga visited the school to create awareness in preparation for World Book Day on 23 April 2017. The promotion of reading in the Foundation Phase is a critical step in helping learners to perform optimally and for learners to become passionate about books while they are still young enough to enrich their vocabulary.
The Department of Basic Education is advocating several reading initiatives under the Read to Lead Campaign to drive a reading revolution in schools. “Learners in Grade R to 3 should proceed to other grades having mastered basic skills such as reading, writing and numeracy. Reading must be encouraged through parents’ involvement in the education of their children; parents need to read story books to their children on a daily basis. We should support learners to understand the importance of reading in their academic journey. Our learners need to be groomed to read with understanding in order to exit the schooling system with a quality pass,” Minister Motshekga reiterated.
The Observatory Junior School Principal, Ms Lynne O’ Ryan, agreed that: “Reading is essential because it broadens the imagination, experience and general knowledge of learners. Learners who read are good problem solvers and analytical and critical thinkers. It is therefore essential that we need to promote a reading culture in our schools”.