Literacy is an indisputable key driver for sustainable development of every society as it provides knowledge and skills with which people acquire and change their attitudes and values positively to effect transformation of society.
Mrs. Linda Ayade made this assertion recently, during a Spelling Bee Competition organized by Zoe Help Foundation, for students’ public and private school in Calabar, recently at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar.
The Governor’s wife, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Dr. (Mrs.) Mary– Therese Agba, commended the organizers for the event, noting that spelling has become a nightmare to the young due, partly, to the craze for short forms in text messaging and the accepted culture of misspelling on social media platforms.
According to her, “a paper released by the English spelling societies agrees that the social media has indeed revolutionized the English Language and made misspelling the norm, as a result, people often think that the message in any write up is more important than spelling or grammar”.
Dr. Ayade recalled the poor performance of students in the Essay/Quiz Competition organized by her office for secondary schools across the State and called on parents and teachers to redouble their efforts so as to create meaningful impact on the children.
The Governor’s wife therefore pledged continued support towards the realization of a seamless synergy between the political class and the educational sector, adding that, she looked forward to a future where everyone will contribute towards education.
– Edem Edem, Calabar