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The Calabar Centre of Dyslexia Foundation has raised concern over the increasing cases of dyslexia among primary school pupils in Nigeria.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language with varying degrees of severity.

The Chairman of Dyslexia Foundation, Mr. Ben Arikpo, said that at least one in every three primary school pupils was dyslexic in the country.

He said this in Calabar, Cross River State, while unveiling the 2017 Miss Hospitality Ambassador Africa for Dyslexia Foundation.

He listed the symptoms of dyslexia in a child to include inability to pay attention or focus, taking too long on homework, struggling to read or comprehend materials, as well as disruptive or withdrawn behaviour.

Others are failure to follow instructions, falling behind in class and low grades.

He said, “Before now there was no assessment centre in Nigeria, but today people can assess dyslexia in Nigeria without travelling overseas to seek for ways of overcoming the challenge since it is not a disease.”

He said that the problem had become worse in schools because teachers and care givers did not know that most pupils who dropped out of school as a result of poor performances suffered from dyslexia.

“Statistics have shown that less than 10 per cent of teachers do not have knowledge of what the disorder is all about. They have no knowledge of what the child is passing through as a result of the challenge.

“The teachers ignorantly force the pupil to read before his class mates, when ordinarily the child cannot do so due to the disorder. The child is left with no option but to abscond from home without returning back to school to learn as a result of inferiority complex,” he said.

He added that every dyslexic pupil must find a way out so that the issue does not get out of hand.

Also speaking, the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, urged parents to make out time to visit the dyslexia centre for regular check up instead of staying at home and attribute the disorder to witchcraft.

She said, “In Africa, we take a lot of things for granted and we attribute most ailments to witch craft. Take time to visit the dyslexia centres in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar for necessary advice.”


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