Dr Amin (second row, third from right) and National Library director-general Datuk Nafisah Ahmad (second row, second from right) taking part in 5 Minutes Of Reading with school pupils during the launch of the national level 1Malaysia Reading Camp.
MAGAZINES and journals will be considered scientific literature that can be included under the soon-to-be-launched version two of the Nadi Ilmu Amalan Membaca (Nilam 2.0) reading programme.
Deputy education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said this new version of Nilam that begins in 2018 includes digital content such as e-books and online journals.
“A lot of reading materials are now converted to digital form and these can be considered reading materials for students (in Nilam 2.0),” he said after launching the national level 1Malaysia Reading Camp (KK1M) 2017 in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday.
Launched by the Education Ministry in 1999, Nilam aims to inculcate the habit of reading among both primary and secondary school students.
Students are required to jot down details of the books they read – the author, number of pages, publisher and synopsis or a mind map – into a record book. The programme tracks the score continuously until the student leaves school.
“The previous Nilam is actually successful in achieving its objectives,” said Dr Amin, who added that the new programme incorporates digital content in order to keep up with the times.
“Improving the current Nilam programme is needed to keep up with current trends and still instil the reading habit in students,” he said.
Education Ministry Education Technology Division director Zaidi Yazid said Nilam 2.0 will not just emphasise quantity, but also the quality of the reading materials.
In reading out Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof’s speech, Dr Amin said that almost 97% of students in Malaysia were part of the programme in 2016, with an average reading rate of 28 books per student per year.
“However, programmes to encourage reading should be intensified and continued to form a progressive and dynamic Malaysian society,” he said.
Dr Amin said one such programme is the KK1M, which is a three-day programme carried out nationwide to cultivate a “bookworm society” and foster a thirst for knowledge.
by REBECCA RAJAENDRAM