Investigation of Problems of Sesotho Oral Reading Fluency ‎in Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Lesotho

Lehlohonolo Phafoli, George Thamae


The research reported on here summarizes a large study on the Investigation of Problems of Sesotho Oral Reading Fluency in Primary and Post-Primary Schools in ten districts of Lesotho. Participants were 39 teachers and 156 students from the ten districts. The findings show lack of reading skills on the part of students. On the other hand, teachers are not equipped with sufficient skills of teaching oral reading. In most cases the reading skill is neglected or not taught in schools. In conclusion the study recommends that Sesotho oral reading must be taught and examined in both primary and post-primary schools. 


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