Reading project helpful: Birney

National

By NAOMI WASE
THE Read PNG project was timely and has provided support to the implementation of the standard-based education curriculum, coordinator Grace Hiris Birney says.
Birney said Read PNG was a reading education project carried out by the Department of Education through its curriculum development division from 2012 to 2015.
“The department has identified the low level of literacy in PNG and found that one way to improve it is to get reading materials back into the schools to improve reading levels.”
Birney said research showed that many children could not read and one of the reasons was the lack of learning and reading materials in schools and at home.
She said the project objective was to promote better teaching and learning of reading skills in elementary and primary education in PNG.
“The Read PNG project was successfully completed in December 2015 and has great impact on the learning of students.”
Birney said children were reading but not at the level that they were supposed to be reading.
She said the project provided reading material to all grades three to eight classrooms in the country.
“The project also ensured that teachers received training on how to use the materials that were supplied to them so all teachers in the country were trained.”
She said as part of the project, early grade learning assessment was also done in four provinces – Madang, National Capital District, Western Highlands and East New Britain.

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