Hundreds of thousands of Victorian children have embraced Premier Daniel Andrews’ challenge to read more books.

Education Minister James Merlino today visited Tecoma Primary School to celebrate the school’s participation in the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

More than 230,090 participants from 3,206 schools, early childhood settings and homes participated in the Challenge in 2016, reading nearly four million books.

Since the program began in 2005, more than 2.2 million students have read nearly 42 million books.

The Challenge asks students in Years three to ten to read 15 books or more between March 16 and September 9.

For students in Prep to Year two, the challenge is to read or “experience” 30 books. Children who have not yet started school are challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families.

A key Education State target is to increase the number of Year five and Year nine students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading by 25 per cent – and the Challenge is helping meet that goal.

Students who complete the Challenge will receive a signed certificate from Mr Andrews and former Premiers.

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Quotes Attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students to discover the joys of reading and explore new concepts and ideas.”

“It’s great to see that so many keen readers at Tecoma Primary took up the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2016.”

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