In Summary

  • The Education ministry said due to advancement in technology, learners had resorted to the use of spellcheckers to autocorrect their mistakes, eroding their mastery of the English language.

  • The Kenya National Spelling Bee programme manager Eric Mosoti said the government was spearheading literacy in English and improving the reading culture among pupils in the country.

  • Research shows that people who were exposed to books and a lot of vocabulary were often good spellers.

Pupils have been warned against using technological tools to check spellings.

The Education ministry said due to advancement in technology, learners had resorted to the use of spellcheckers to autocorrect their mistakes, eroding their mastery of the English language.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang warned against the use of “spellcheckers in communication gadgets such as mobile phones, computers, tablets and laptops”.

In his statement Dr Kipsang added: “Although a spellchecker is a handy tool for general use, it will never fully take the place of educating yourself properly and polishing your vocabulary, grammar and writing skills.

The Kenya National Spelling Bee (KNSB) programme manager Eric Mosoti said the government was spearheading literacy in English and improving the reading culture among pupils in the country.

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He said their research had shown people who were exposed to books and a lot of vocabulary were often good spellers.

“Those very high-achieving spellers have heightened sensitivity to those letter patterns. They can proofread and edit by identifying quite easily what parts of words might be correct or incorrect,” said Mr Mosoti.

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