There is an overview for the need to correct the (very poor) English Language communication trend currently en-robing school children by inculcating in the minds of the Nigerian youths the art of writing good English through Letter-writing competitions.
The Postmaster-General of NIPOST, Barr Bisi Adebogye, made this observation, Thursday in Jos, on the Letter-writing Competition for Secondary School Students in plateau state, which was organized by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Secondary Schools Education.
The programme was tagged: “Halt The Decline And Catch Them Young in English Grammar Expression, through Letter-writing Competition in Schools.”
Adebogye noted that “this is to help our youths in writing good and correct grammar, proper addressing of envelopes and affixing of stamps, as some of them have never seen stamps before.”
He said stamps are not mere “denote” but a story line that covers all fields of endeavour, which can also serve as an income-generating activity.
“As for the teachers, this competition will enable them assess their students’ level of assimilation of their teachings, which is also a source for research and development inputs on the training needs of teachers in the various Ministries of Education.”
He further observed that in recent years, most youth could hardly write correct spellings in the use of English language due to the influence of GSM short message service (SMS), which is popularly referred to as “text message.”
The Postmaster-General further stated that students prefer to form the habit of using abbreviations, symbols, codes and letters to denote words, even under serious examination conditions!
Speaking earlier, the Area Postal Manager, Mal A.D. Usman, said the Letter-writing Competition is the first of its kind in the state, stressing that, the number of entries received were 6849 from 477 schools across the state.
According to him, the Commissioner, Ministry of Secondary Education, has directed that in the next competition in the state, it would be mandatory for students in JSS-3 and SS-3 classes to participate.
He commended the efforts of the teachers and other stakeholders for rekindling the hopes of these students and in the discovery of the individual relents and potentials through letter writing.
Mallam Usman explained that the Letter-writing Competition for Secondary School Students in the state was with the objectives of reviving children with the rudiment letter-writing, enveloping, and proper addressing of postage stamps on envelopes.
Conscience Triumph reports that, the winners were drawn from the Secondary Schools in Plateau State, featuring in Mr Aaron Monday (SS-2) from Central Zone, who scored 82 as the overall winner, taking 1st position; he is from Boys Secondary School, Gindiri. Thomas Ripji (SS-2), from Southern Zone, scored 78 to take 2nd position; he is from Christ The King, Shendam.
The 3rd position went to Northern Zone, with 72 scored by Esther Audu Philip (SS-2), from Air Force Girls Secondary School, Jos. The awards were given to three students each, from each zone.
Also to receive awards were: Principals of the schools, Commissioner and Desk Officer, among others.