More students are reading books following the Ministry’s programme

JOHOR BARU: The reading habit among students in Johor has seen a significant increase following the introduction of the 1Malaysia Reading Camp (KM1M) back in 2009 by the Education Ministry.

State Education Technology Unit deputy assistant director Datin Che Normadiah Che Abbas said both primary and secondary students now enjoy spending their time reading books.

“The ministry has introduced more than 20 programmes under the KM1M for schools and they have the freedom of choosing which programmes are suitable for their students to instil a reading culture.

“We have also noticed that the number of students who were not able to read previously are now showing some improvement,” she said.

She added that on the average, a primary school pupil would be able to finish reading up to 20 books during their primary years before entering secondary school.

Che Normadiah said this when met after launching the state level KM1M held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Pasir here on Thursday.

She pointed out that students are now also incorporating latest technology such as the e-book system where they are able to read various books from their laptops or tablets.

Che Normadiah added that students in rural areas have shown a better interest in reading compared to their counterparts in the urban environment.

“This is due to the lack of books made available to students living in the city as some schools here are facing shortages or have badly damaged reading materials.

“We hope bookshops or even the public who have a large number of books to donate to them either directly to schools or hand it over to the state Education Department,” she said.

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