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DepEd holds finals of 1st National Reading Contest

Pasig City (21 September) -- As part of the Department of Education's (DepEd) intensified effort to develop a reading culture in public schools, the department's Bureau of Elementary Education will hold the finals of the first National Read-A-Thon Competition from September 17 to 21.

Pupils who had previously taken part in DepEd's Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP) will be participating in the culmination of this nationwide reading contest. The national finalists emerged from the elimination in the school, division, and regional levels.

According to Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus, ECARP is a department initiative pushing for the development of appropriate reading competencies in students by the time they reach Grade III.

"The result of this project is evident in the generally impressive performance of our students in the recent Reading Comprehension Test," Lapus explained. "This is the reason why we need to work extra hard so that we can chalk up more consistent quality performance among our pupils."

Candidates from all 17 regions will engage each other in four different categories. Three members constituting a team will vie for the Best Team Reader competition. Meanwhile, the story retelling, oral interpretation and vocabulary contests will be for individual contestants.

For the team competition, the Best Team Reader will be awarded P60,000, while the second and third placer will receive P45,000 and P30,000 respectively. All first placers for the individual categories will be awarded P25,000 while second and third prize winners will get P20,000 and P15,000 respectively. Cash awards of P50,000 will also be given to the Best School in Reading while the second and third placers will each get P40,000 and P30, 000 respectively.

In addition to the cash awards, medals will be given to all the regional finalists and national winners. Both the contest finals and awarding will be held at Bayview Park Hotel in Manila. (DepEd) [top]

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