Some children do not learn the same way others do. This may be as a result of impairment through a defect from birth or self-made resulting from truancy or keeping bad gangs. Whichever be the case, there is hope for such children through special individual learning. It may be very costly but it is cost effective. I came across a child in February, who claimed to be in SS 3. By then, he was unable to write or copy a note correctly from the chalkboard. It was so bad that it was impossible to read a simple sentence from a whole page of his copied note.
I had to start with him learning the English alphabets. I taught him not only how to make words using the alphabets, i also taught him as well how to write meaningfully and legibly. I had to start with him using 2D, 2B and 2A, exercise books.The child went home after the first three months, spent about a month and resumed again in June. By the end of August, the child was able to read and write legibly and reasonably. I discovered that the age of the child was militating on him but with encouragement and persuasion, the boy was making progress. My question is where is the tenacity and dexterity of today’s teachers in producing an educated boys and girls? What has gone wrong with our educational system to not have been able to handle very well some of these issues? I ask this question because,I discovered that many products of our institutions in the past say ten years had been many of the likes of this case study discussed above. Especially products from public schools. I know there is more in education than learning how to read and write, but for any meaningful and lasting education, ability to read and write is a prerequisite.