Social Media and Text Messaging Negatively Impacting Quality of Written and Oral English – NIPOST

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The Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, has attributed the inability of some students to spell and write English words correctly to the widespread nature of Social Media and text messaging.

Lamenting on the negative impact of text messaging and social media during the closing of the recent Letter writing competition for secondary school students organised by NIPOST, in collaboration with the Bauchi State Ministry of Education the Postmaster-General, Dr. Richard Balami, said the competition was borne out of the need to find solution to the increasing and negative trend amongst student which culminates in their ultimate failure in English language examinations thereby limiting their chances of gaining admission into tertiary institutions.

Represented by the Deputy Postmaster, Mr. YahayaWambai at the event, the Balami said:  “The recent intrusion of mobile phones in our lives at the turn of the century especially on the fragile minds of our youths in the developing countries and given the vulnerability of the young ones to exploit something new, coupled with the inability of some parents to pay attention to some of these things, gave credence to some of the challenges we are now faced with.”

The NIPOST boss also noted that there were a total of 4,844 participants from 36 secondary schools in the state, he added that the competition which holds once in two years in states across the nation was organised in order to check the increasing negligence for good writing and speaking skills in English Language among youths.

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