Lawmaker advocates inclusion of Library Instruction Period in schools timetable
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Bimbo Olawumi Oladeji has advocated inclusion of Library Instruction Period in schools timetable.
The lawmaker made the call while moving a motion titled, “Improving Reading Culture through Inclusion of Library Instruction Period in Schools Time-Table in Oyo State”.
According to her, the motion became imperative in view of the fact that it will go a long way in improving the reading culture in the state thereby improving the standards of education in the state.
Honourable Oladeji of the Labour Party urged the House to appeal to the executive arm of the state government to include Library Use on the school time-table, facilitate the establishment of functional school libraries stocked with relevant books and other information resources in a bid for students to relate with books and develop their reading culture.
She stressed that there is the need for the House to enforce the recruitment of only professionally qualified school library personnel who can teach and demonstrate library use and reading skills to students during library periods as well as manage library resources in schools across the state.
The Labour Party lawmaker urged parents in the state to have reading time at home while companies and private sector in the state should build and donate libraries to schools and communities as part of their corporate social responsibility.
While pleading with the House to urge the state Ministry of Education to facilitate building of more libraries in all the local government areas in the state. She advised schools management to include activities such as story hour and reading seminal as parts of activities to engage in during the library periods.