BY ANTHONY KWEKU AMOAH
MR ISHMAEL Godwin Archton-Tettey, the Head of Department of Languages at Akatsi College of Education, has urged teachers to teach pupils how to pronounce words correctly to improve reading skills.
Speaking as a resource person at the third Spelling Bee and Reading festival of Compassion International for some 300 children from 14 communities within the Tongu area, Mr Archton-Tettey said, “A wrong pronunciation and spelling of words negatively affects the child’s ability to read well. There is, therefore, the need for all of us, especially teachers, to help the child to learn to pronounce and to spell words correctly.”
A Public Relations Officer of Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Anthony Kweku Amoah, who chaired the function, thanked teachers for their hard work and urged parents and other stakeholders to intensify their support to children in school.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Shaping the Future Today Through Reading’, Madam Rosemond Nutifafa Adanuti, who is a teacher and counsellor, told parents to pay more attention to the education of their children for better life.
The Partnership Facilitator of the Tongu Cluster of Projects of Compassion International, Mr Richard Baku, said his outfit had supported about 4,000 underprivileged children in education since 2012 and that it needed the support of stakeholders to reach out to other needy children.
Compassion International, a non-profit-making Christian-based organisation, has been operating in seven out of the 10 regions of Ghana, including Volta Region, to take children out of poverty and to use education to support them to be useful adults in the future.
School bags, reading books and certificates were given to all the contestants and the winner communities took trophies.