Mrs. Warner, who is also Acting Director at the Curriculum Development Unit, reported on a number of key areas for concern, that of which Reading, Writing, Curriculum Teachers and other miscellaneous issues were also identified. Other factors mentioned included a high student-teacher ratio; poor attitudes exhibited by students as well as limited time for students to practice.
“One of the main concerns is that reading for pleasure had become “extinct” among students. As far as writing was concerned, comprehension appeared to be a major downfall. Students use the lift and drop method,” Mrs. Warner stated, “They select chunks of the reading material that contain words that appear in the questions and use it as their answer with the hope that these would give them a fair chance of getting it correct
Mrs. Warner also mentioned that there appeared to be a “disconnect” between the primary and secondary level English Curriculum and that the students’ vocabulary was extremely limited.
Importantly, it was further established that the teachers need to place greater emphasis on use of proper English in speech and writing in the classroom
The next step is to develop a National Action Plan with input from stakeholders and the community in general. She concluded that further information would be forthcoming.