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Teacher: Keep it noise free around children Loud noise affects children’s learning ability, says a teacher. Suliasi Bola, a teacher at Marist Brothers Primary School, said noise was a serious
19 Oct 2016 11:00
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Suliasi Bola (left), receives his Parker Pen from Managing Editor Training Nemani Delaibatiki at the Fiji Sun office in Walu Bay, Suva, on Monday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Teacher: Keep it noise free around children

Loud noise affects children’s learning ability, says a teacher.

Suliasi Bola, a teacher at Marist Brothers Primary School, said noise was a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health.

Mr Bola is our latest letter writer winner for his letter: Noise and its effects on children.

“It also has an impact to their learning in school and behaviour,” Mr Bola said.

“At home, the environment is silent and normal without loud noise and as teachers we expect to maintain the same environment too.

“But there is a huge gap between home and school which is the busy traffic.

“Nowadays, some buses have loud music on and it puts an impact on our children in terms of their ability to speak louder and raise their voice,” Mr Bola said.

He backed up his statement saying it had been showing that noise can interfere with speech and language development of children.

“Repeated noise exposure during the critical period of development may affect a child’s acquisition of speech, language, listening and reading skills.” Mr Bola said.

He urged parents and guardians to maintain a noise-free environment around their children for their growth and learning abilities.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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