By Sunny A. David
Teachers have been cautioned against giving pupils excess work during competitions or inspection but rather maintain the scheme of work and materials provided to them in preparing the children at any given time.
The Chairman of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Patrick Ugbaja gave the advice during his assessment on the performance of pupils in Basic I and II to ascertain the effects of Jolly Phonics literacy project on them.
Chief Ugbaja thanked the state government for adopting the project and expressed satisfaction with the impact of the training on teachers.
He cautioned teachers against abandoning the materials provided to them that will be of immense benefit in remolding the future of the students.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Innocent Nwosu, who is the South-East Senior Project Co-ordinator of Jolly Phonics said that the Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching the children to read and write which focuses on sounds and how letters are pronounced, blended and grouped to form sounds.
For the Director Academics of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Lady Stella Ezepue and the training officer in Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Chinwe Nwando, the State government will continue to invest in the training and retraining of teachers to remain innovative and creative in addition to making teaching interesting and easy to the learners.
They noted that jolly phonic technique is an effective way of making the children learn faster, and expressed optimism that it will be extended beyond primary one and two teachers to all primary school teachers.
The participating pupils were later tested in writing and pronunciations after which various awards were presented to them according to their performances.
Jolly Phonics is an international non-profit making organization with Universal Learning Solutions, fun and interactive teaching tool that uses the proven synthetic phonics literacy teaching methodology and was recommended by governments around the world because of the way it quickly provides children with the skills needed to read and write.