by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Kaduna State’s Commissioner of Ministry of Education, Alhaji Shehu Usman Muhammad, has called on teachers in the state to always give assignments with references to text books, in order to encourage reading culture among children.
He made the call when he received text books presented to the state government by president of Nigeria Foolery Society, Dr Bukar Usman, saying that the reading habit among students had gone so low with the appearance of social media and Google; as such, should be checked.
According to him, “Most at times when assignment is given to students, they will Google it and they will end up giving trash. As such, the teacher should discourage that by ensuring that the relevant text books are consulted.”
He also urged school owners and teachers to make the relevant text books available – and accessible – to students at all times in good number for easy use.
The commissioner, while commending the presenter of the text books said the books will be placed in the library for academic purposes.
He however called on local writers to write books to enable children read books that are written by the people they know, which will be very exciting. He equally urged individuals with good text books to also donate to the state government.
Earlier, Dr. Bukar Usman, while presenting the text books, said the presentation aimed at encouraging students in the state.
Dr. Usman, who is a retired permanent secretary and who was represented by a veteran journalist, Magaji Mohammed, said he has extended his donation of text books to various schools in the state.