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Apr 9, 2008

Special classes will help Std. II readers

Story PictureIn the age of technology and the proliferation of TV, video games, and computers, for many children books are old school. But with a literacy rate of only seventy-five percent the YMCA is concerned and taking action. Starting this Saturday, they are launching a Youth Reading Program to target students in standard two. According to Programme coordinator Shawon Gonzales, the purpose is to bring that specific population up to mark.

Shawon Gonzales, Programme Coordinator, YMCA
“Standard two is actually the level where they should have already acquired all the skills and should be reading fluently and I have been visiting schools and have been hearing just the opposite of this. There are many students in standard two level who did not acquire the skills necessary, so by doing a standard two program we are making sure that these children get the skills they need to be able to read fluently.”

“The levels include a beginners level, which would cater to students who have difficulties with the recognition of the sounds of the alphabet, word families and various other skills at that level the intermediate level will cater to students who have difficulties with decoding words. So they will look at a word but they are not able to break down that word to say what the word is, so those children who specifically have that level in reading we will put them in the intermediate group. The advanced level is catered to students who are able to read already but have difficulties with comprehension.”

To register your child, visit the YMCA on Faber’s Road or call 222-5526 for more information. The cost of the three-month program is five dollars per week. Sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from nine to eleven, starting April twelfth.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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