By Akin Akande, Abuja
The Federal Ministry of Education and National Postal Service (NIPOST) have agreed to partner to boost the campaign on reading culture among school children through annual letter writing competition.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i , while responding to requests of the Postmaster-General of the Federation, Ibrahima Mori Baba, during a courtesy visit to her office, said that the Ministry was willing to partner with NIPOST in the drive to reform the education system.
While expressing appreciation to the Postmaster-General for the thought of Letter Writing Competition, the Minister said that such competition would help students to sharpen their skills in English language which would enhance their academic development.
Speaking earlier, the Postmaster-General of the Federation said that his visit was to seek ways of partnering with the Ministry to widen the scope of Nigeria’s participation in the UNESCO/UPU International Letter Writing Competition for young people, as well as to institute a National Letter Writing competition, like as it is done in Mathematics.
According to him, the objective is to inculcate the culture of writing and improve the use of English language, proper addressing of letters/envelopes among the students.
He also expressed NIPOST’s interest in partnering with examination bodies such as JAMB, WAEC, NECO and NABTEB in the sales of their scratch cards in the Post Offices, especially in the rural communities where students find it difficult to travel distances to procure such cards.