Participation of Government and Non-governmental Organizations in Readership Promotion towards Educational Improvement in Bauchi State, Nigeria
Yahaya M. S. and Babayo S. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study was conducted to explore Bauchi State Secondary School Students' performance at NECO and WAEC, in relationship to their reading behaviours and participation of the stakeholders in readership promotion. The Study was based on observations and interactions of Young Readers Society (YRS) in Bauchi with stakeholders. Data concerning WAEC and NECO, result of Senior School Certificate Examination were directly obtained from their web site on the Internet, written information obtained from directors of school services and examinations respectively of Bauchi State Ministry of Education, and correspondences between the YRS and officials of the concerned Government and non Governmental ministries and parastatals as well as individuals. The data were analysed using simple percentage. The findings revealed that reading materials are scarce in the primary/secondary schools, while in majority of them, libraries were either not functional or do not even exist. Beside, the students' reading attitude was generally poor. Hence, it was considered necessary for government at all levels to set aside a reasonable amount of money out of the budget to enable them assist literary associations form and sustain, editors club in schools and execution of other readership promotion campaign.