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This quo­ta­tion ex­pressed by Mar­garet Fuller re­minds me of the very im­por­tant role of teach­ers in de­vel­op­ing fu­ture heads, man­agers and lead­ers of our coun­try. Teach­ers should teach first the very ba­sic in ed­u­ca­tion which is read­ing, it is a tool sub­ject that starts in grade one thus the best teach­ers should be placed in this level.

This writer be­lieves that read­ing is the most im­por­tant sub­ject in the school cur­ricu­lum. It is so im­por­tant that no other sub­ject in the cur­ricu­lum could be learned by pupils, if their Grade One teach­ers have not taught the sub­ject very ef­fec­tively, es­pe­cially the com­pre­hen­sion phase of it. There­fore, it is very im­por­tant for prin­ci­pals to as­sign Grade One teach­ers who are ef­fec­tive in teach­ing the sub­ject. The suc­cess or fail­ure of pupils in their fu­ture stud­ies will de­pend very much on their mas­tery in read­ing.

In the case of learn­ing the sub­ject Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts, how can pupils learn to fol­low di­rec­tions if the read­ing they learned is with­out com­pre­hen­sion? How can they learn gram­mar, if they could not com­pre­hend what they are read­ing in any other ac­tiv­ity within the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts skills?

In the same way, pupils could not learn the fun­da­men­tal pro­cesses of Math­e­mat­ics if they hap­pen to be de­fi­cient in read­ing skills. Pupils will have a prob­lem in solv­ing math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems in­cluded in learn­ing the sub­ject. So, one could see the im­por­tance of learn­ing read­ing, per se, but more im­por­tantly, read­ing with com­pre­hen­sion.

Read­ing also plays an im­por­tant role in learn­ing the other sub­jects like So­cial Stud­ies, Sciences, Mu­sic, Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and other sub­jects. Pupils will not be suc­cess­ful in learn­ing con­cepts; lack of com­pre­hen­sion in read­ing will only tire pupils to ac­quire ideas with­out un­der­stand­ing each.

In con­clu­sion, I may say that time and money is wasted, be­cause we pro­duce less pro­duc­tive peo­ple who are the hope of to­mor­row. So it is a must for prin­ci­pals to as­sign best read­ing teach­ers in Grade One.

— oOo— The au­thor is HT-I at Ca­cu­tud Ele­men­tary School

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