THE quality of written and spoken English in Papua New Guinea has dropped over the years.
I am too young to confidently state the cause for that.
But what I can say is that today’s students, including those I went to school with are just lazy, that’s all.
When I was in Grade 1, I used to see students in Grade 7 and 8 carrying books around.
They sit under trees and read.
I don’t mean reading books about their school subjects but novels, poems, classics, and other fiction books.
Ask a student about William Shakespeare or Rumi and he/she will just give you a confused look.
I don’t see that happening anymore.
Now I only see phones in students’ hands instead of books.
I don’t believe it’s the parents’ responsibility to tell students to read.
The message of reading is crucial for learning has been widely publicised for ages.
It is up to students to be responsible for their own learning.
It does not hurt to spend time reading.
Reading is the key.