An Evaluation of the Literacy Performance of Primary School Pupils in Owerri Municipal
Ngozi Nwigwe, Federal Polytechnic. Nekede. Owcrri. lmo State

Literacy in its simplest sense refers to the ability to read and write with understanding. The Education for All Monitoring Report (2006) identifies literacy as a fundamental human right and the foundation for achieving Education For All by 2015. Despite the crucial importance of’ literacy and the global concern to eradicate illiteracy. Nigeria’s national literacy rate according to UNESCO Report (2006) is 49%. Bearing in mind the general declining
academic achievement among Nigerian school leavers/graduates and the relationship between literacy and academic achievement, there is the need to evaluate literacy at the primary school, the foundation of later education. The objective is to assess the extent to which primary education is achieving the goal of the National Policy on Education 7 “to inculcate permanent literacy.”The work also evaluates the literacy preparedness of the pupils for secondary education in view of the demands of secondary education. The statistical analysis shows a mean literacy performance of above 50% with private schools recording a higher literacy level in both English and Igbo.

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