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Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Maxine Henry Wilson, has called for a national reading campaign to improve literacy among children.
“There needs to be a national campaign for reading and in this the 60th year of the Jamaica Library Service, I think it would be an appropriate time, because without the reading, the literacy is not going to come, and the understanding for the numeracy, is not going to be there,” Mrs. Henry Wilson stated. She was making her contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 27.
Speaking to improvements in the performance of the education system, Mrs. Henry Wilson said despite the problems, there have been a number of interventions that have shown what measures will work. “It is time for us to consolidate all these various learning (projects) and to make sure that the transformation process takes forward the best examples of the best practices that have come out of these various projects, whether it is literacy, or numeracy,” she stated.
She noted that over the last three years, there has been significant movement in the Grade Four achievement levels. “Last year, for example, we went up by 10 per cent, which means that it can be done, but it needs to be very systematic in the way in which it is done,” Mrs. Henry Wilson said.
Turning to the issue of numeracy, she added that “we need to teach how to teach Math, that is really what the challenge is.we really have to have a national campaign about the teaching of Math”.

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