THE EDITOR: I commend the Ministry of Education for its foresight in implementing the penmanship project which is meant to improve the handwriting skills of students, which is long overdue because there are too many students whose penmanship is poor.
Proper handwriting skills are important for students to develop because they learn how to communicate and express their thinking and ideas clearly. This, in turn, would enable them to develop their literacy skills by increasing their vocabulary while writing their essays, projects and reports.
Better penmanship among students improves hand and eye coordination and helps them to recognise letters which create a connection between reading and writing.
Improved handwriting, such as note taking in the classroom, assists students to understand facts and ideas being taught to them. A well written assignment also makes for pleasant reading for any teacher who has to mark it.
I wish all success to the ministry as it rolls out the penmanship project, which I am confident will benefit our students in many ways.
AARON PRICE, Rio Claro