A quiz of this nature is not only great fun and exciting for the schools who are partaking, but is also a great way to get the learners to actually not only read articles in their newspapers but to comprehend the articles and to internalise the information.
More often than not, I look to individuals who have just read an article in the newspaper and have asked them for an explanation of what they have just read.
Most people just look at me blankly, and can’t really enlighten me about the contents of the article.
We have been shown in South Africa to have an incredibly low result regarding comprehension in our junior schools.
Many of the learners tend to read properly but don’t try to understand what they have just read.
Competitions such as the Cape Argus High Schools Quiz start teaching the learners to read with comprehension.
* Michael Bagraim is a labour lawyer.
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