With poor writing skills being reflected in the National Assessment Exams, Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine, is hoping that more writing is done in the island’s schools.
She said during a presentation of 2,000 exercise books to eight primary schools in Dominica on Thursday morning that writing is going to be a focus in the new academic year.
“We expect to see more writing within our schools and this is something that we are actually going to give focus to this school year,” she stated.
According to Fontaine, poor writing skills are evident in the annual National Assessment Exams.
“Writing is something that shows off in National Assessment as not happening well,” she stated. “And not just writing as in writing an essay or a paper, but hand writing.”
She said the ministry of education is taking steps to address the issue.
Fontaine said the donation of the exercise books will be put to good use.
“I assure you that we are going to do all that is within our means to ensure that the schools have the students using the books that you provide and using it well,” she said.
The books were donated by the National Petroleum Company and manager Heskeith Brumant said the company is delighted to assist.
“NP is delighted to be part of this thrust by contributing exercise books to each child in eight primary schools in the rural communities,” he said. “This initiative also forms part of NP’s community outreach program.”
Eight primary schools in Dos’ Dane, Belles, Vieille Case, Dubique, Morne Prosper, Laudat and Thibaud were recipients of the books.