Reading skills are vital to you

By Tangy Mike Tshilongo |

The importance of mastering reading skills cannot be over-emphasised.

Success and achievement in various careers and employment opportunities are largely ascribed to the ability to transfer written knowledge into relevant and meaningful application in real life situations and this can only be achieved if our reading skills are well developed.

Reading is an essential skill in the learning process. The reading process involves the recognition and comprehension of words within a written text. Learning to read is an important educational goal because it opens up new worlds and opportunities.

Therefore, in order to become competent readers, you need to develop a range of skills and strategies for making sense of the printed word.

One of the primary aims of the questions is to establish why some of you are scared by the size of the books, which makes you fail to master proper reading skills throughout your elementary education.

Reading is a very important life skill and essential for academic performance, research, writing skills and above all decision making at all levels.

Realizing the importance of such a question, I’m looking at the role parents, guardians, teachers and librarians ought to play to inculcate reading skills and nurture the love for books and reading in children during pre-primary and primary education.

There is a general concern that a sizeable number of primary school learners reach high school and later enroll with colleges or even the university without having properly mastered reading skills that may enable them to cope with academic demands of institutions of higher learning.

Initial instruction in reading is of basic importance in developing later reading and information literacy skills.

Children can be helped at home, kindergarten or at school to acquire reading skills. Much of this help is concerned with stimulating the children’s language skills by talking to them, encouraging them to talk and reading to them.

Research has shown that children who read well in the early grades are successful in later years and those who fall behind in reading often stay behind when it comes to academic achievements.

Reading opens the door to learning the entire academic subjects. Thus young capable readers can succeed in their subjects, take advantage of other opportunities such as reading for pleasure and develop confidence in their own abilities on the other hand.

Those learners who cannot read well are likely to drop out of school and be limited to manual or low paying jobs throughout their lives.