Kennedy Buhere: Voluntary reading of books by students has immense benefits

posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:08 PM by Maurice Nyamoti   [ updated May 17, 2016, 10:26 PM ]

 the reading culture      "Fluency in the English and Kiswahili languages is consistent with the educational objectives. Acquisition of  literacy, numeracy, creativity and communication skills underpin our education system. In this piece, Kennedy Buhere writes that one of the most valuable service that English language teachers in schools would do students is to request the school management to value and create time for free and voluntary reading, not just in English, but across all the disciplines or the curriculum" ~ Buhere

    English language teachers should help schools build school libraries where the students would go and immerse themselves in on fiction and nonfiction alike: novels, plays, poetry, biographies, historical novels, journals, magazines and trade books on related fields.

    The teachers should advise the school administration against tying students on textbooks, and neglecting fiction and nonfiction works outside those prescribed as set books for Literature.

    Adoption of this advice by the school is consistent with the aims and objectives of the English curriculum even though the books students may be asked to read may not be in the syllabus.