What or who could be held responsible for the poor and not legible hand writing among primary school pupils today? Way back in our primary schools, handwriting is given a period of learning on its own. The pupils are taught how to write letters, when to use capital letters and when to use small letters, how to space words in a sentence and how to put punctuation marks.

Today one is tempted to ask if handwriting still forms part of the school curricular. We see school children who do not know the difference between the capital and small letters, first letters of sentences are started with small letters, in between sentences capital letters are used, and proper nouns that ought to be started with capital letters are often started with small letters.

Handwriting is a very important aspect of learning and should be treated as such, poor hand writing can make a child fail exams. A child who knows the correct answers to questions but is unable to put them well in writing can only loose mark instead of gaining.


There is an exercise book called 2d it is strictly for handwriting. It is the perfect guide to good hand writing, and when this is introduced to pupils early in their primary education it helps them maintain a very legible hand writing. This should not be left at the early stage, there should be progression. Hand writing should be included in all classes as a separate lesson and be meticulously monitored. Through a person’s hand writing his or her personality is seen.

If this very important aspect of learning is well treated in primary school it will help in checking the despicable hand writing found among the youth especially among secondary school students. Parents, teachers, guardians and all who help in the education of children should as a necessity pay great attention to the hand writing of children.


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