A research work conducted across Ghana has revealed that 51% of pupils cannot read in both the English language and other local dialects.
The research which was conducted, particularly at the lower primary level show that only 2% of the research respondents could read to understand both English language and the other local dialects.
This was disclosed by the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, Mary Owusu Achiaw at a durbar at Sanso in the Obuasi Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
According to her the poor or inability of pupils to read can be blamed on non-motivating attitude of teachers towards reading as well as the limited reading periods on timetables of schools.
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She also observed of the worrying trend where books donated for pupils to use are hoard by some school authorities.
She opined that this act has caused such agencies and organizations to withdraw support in this direction.