Wednesday 26th August 2020
English Language 2 (Essay) – 9:30am – 11:30am
English language 1 (Objective) – 11:30am – 12:30pm
English language 3 (Test of orals) – 3:00pm – 3:45pm
The Importance of Promoting Good Reading Habits in Students
It was Aldous Huxley, one of the greatest literary giants to ever come out of America that said; ‘’A man who knows how to read, has it in his power to expand his mind and increase the ways in which he thrives in the universe’’. Time and again, we have heard prominent educationists define curriculum (which is the sum total of the vehicle the school employs for education) as ‘’all planed and guided learning experiences, and intended learning outcomes, formulated through the construction of knowledge, under the auspices of the school, for the learners wilful and continuous growth in personal social competence’’.
Therefore the underlining keywords in a good schooling experience are; ‘’wilful and continuous growth’’. There can be no education without wilfulness, and true education is continuous, hence good reading habit is the most important skill a student must seek to imbibe while in school. A good reading habit opens students up to a world of infinite ideas. A highly remarkable anecdote of the effects of good reading habits on students can be found in the recounting of the Late professor Chinua Achebe, of his experience in Government College Umuahia, where he talked about a very useful law called the ‘’Textbook Act’’ imposed on them by the principal of the school.
Furthermore, the renowned author tells his readers that the act stipulated that on certain days of the week, students were to leave academic work and pick up literature works to read. Years later, the efficacy of that singular rule which encouraged reading, would be seen in the sort of alumni that went through Government College Umuahia, literary Amazons like; Wole Soyinka, J.P Clark, Christopher Okigbo, and a host of other intellectual power houses, who went on to achieve exceeding greatness in various fields.
Conclusively, the argument for good habit among students is one that has been won by decades of excellence in various fields, by men and women who embraced life-long learning. The school undoubtedly provides the convenient atmosphere for the development of a life-long reading culture. More so, as we noted earlier, the school curriculum is not achieved without the student demonstrating ‘’Personal and Social competence’’, this is especially useful in the professional life the students would live upon graduation in various fields. As we get immersed in the 21st Century, all field of endeavours are evolving, new knowledge and skills are replacing old ways of doing things. Good reading skill is therefore an indispensable tool for success in any given career, as a professional in any field is faced with the task of navigating a plethora of information and gain needful insights in order to remain relevant in his chosen profession.
It was because she believed she was always welcomed at her children’s home
She had a cheerful conversation with a fellow passenger during the journey
(i) She didn’t have enough money for her fare
(ii) She could not communicate with the new watchman due to language barrier
He left with the bag because mama could not pay him.
It was because she was not accustomed to the meal
(i) adjectival Clause
(i) It qualifies the noun phrase “fellow passenger”
A very long time due to anxiety
To always inform people before visiting them.
(i) unimaginable – inconceivable
(ii) heartily – cordially
(iii) Outrageous – immoderate
(iv) numerous – many
(v) Frantically – anxiously
(vi) fraudulent – deceitful
(i) Forest trees form canopies that helps to prevent erosion
(ii) Timber from forest trees is useful in building construction
(iii) Wood pulp processed from timber is used in production of paper.
(i) Discouragement of use of forests as farmlands by the government
(ii) Creation of forest reserves
(iii) Government should enact laws against forests encroachment.