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Ministry of Education Introduces ‘Synthetic Phonics’ as New Method of Teaching English

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A new method of teaching English Language has been introduced into the country’s basic educational level.
The new method called “synthetic Phonics” is to help improve reading, Writing and speaking skills among pupils.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike stated this in Abuja at a meeting with State Commissioners of Education, Chairmen State Universal Basic Education Boards and Directors of Schools.

He urged stakeholders to encourage the use of synthetic phonics so as to improve reading and writing among children in our primary schools.

The Acting Executive Secretary of UBEC, Prof. Rashid Aderinoye, noted that the meeting was a follow-up to the recommendation made by the Nigerian delegates at an international conference in the United Kingdom in 2012.

Underscoring the importance of the initiative, Aderinoye said there was the need to link properly curriculum, teaching method and the teacher in order to solve the reading challenges presently faced in the country.

To achieve reading and comprehension, Aderinoye said, teachers must understand the basic principles for children to know letter-sounds correlations, and to learn the skills of blending and segmenting them in order to decode and spell words correctly.


Source: Radio Nigeria Online

November 24, 2013 |

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