A survey has revealed poor reading standards at primary level.

Eastern Province is among four provinces with poor reading culture among pupils at primary level.
This came to light yesterday in Chipata during a regional dissemination of findings of the 2014 Grade Two National Assessments Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the USAID and Ukaid.
The report revealed that grade two pupils in Eastern, Central, Lusaka and Western Province performed below 40 per cent in terms of their reading capacity in 2014.
The report also revealed that most pupils in the four provinces are below 50 per cent in terms of calculations and identifying numbers in mathematics.
And Provincial Education Officer, Allan Lingambe has attributed the poor performance of pupils at primary level to lack of teaching materials in schools and the low calibre of some teachers.
Mr. Lingambe explained that most pupils are taught how to memories and not understand what they learn in class.
He says that there is need for government to start training teachers the new teaching methodologies and increase the teaching materials in schools so that pupils understand what they are taught.

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