The speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye has stated that television is not a substitute for reading hence students must focus on their books.
Addressing students at the Parliament Reads 2020, the speaker indicated that students must develop the habit of reading since that will prepare them for the future.
PARLIAMENT READS is an initiative of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools(GNACOPS) in collaboration with Ghana Library and Parliament of Ghana.
An educational program that has been established to enable students have interact with parliamentarians on the need for reading.
This year’s PARLIAMENT READS 2020 was held at the forecourt of parliament under the theme; Inspiring the next generation leaders, to be readers.
Delivering his address, the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye expressed that reading is an essential tool in this 21st century where everything revolves around reading before one can derive meaning from something.
Again, reading he said is very important as one can only acquire knowledge through reading and not just reading but reading widely.
However, the speaker noted that television is not a substitute for learning since some students of late prefer watching television than reading their books.
He said” some students right after they get home from school, quickly move to the television to watch cartoons instead of reading their books”.
Therefore, he urged that students must develop the habit of reading and learning to enlighten their understand since it will prepare them for the future.
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa MP for North Tongu Ablakwa and Hon. Alexander Roosevelt Hottordze MP for Central Tongu also took a turn to read with some of the students.
By: Mary Quartey