This is an excerpt of a 19 March 2016 Editorial publication on straitstimes.com.
Editorial: The Straits Times Says: A Learning Nation Must Love Reading
Most Singaporeans overwhelmingly recognise the value of reading, as shown by an inaugural reading and writing survey by the National Arts Council. The trouble is that they are not avid readers - a distinct handicap for a nation aiming to make lifelong learning second nature to all. Only a paltry four in 10 had read a literary book in the past 12 months, defined widely as "fiction, poetry, drama, children's and young adult literature, graphic novels, creative non-fiction, critical writing and anthologies". Readership rates were highest among professionals and students. Rather surprisingly, only a quarter of seniors aged 60 years or above could be regarded as literary readers. ...continue reading »
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