This is an excerpt of a 14 March 2016 (updated 17 March 2016) publication in The Straits Times Singapore written by Yuen Sin.
Less Than Half Of Singaporeans Read Literary Books, National Arts Council Survey Finds
by Yuen Sin
SINGAPORE - Fewer than one in two Singaporeans have read at least one "literary book" a year, the first National Literary Reading and Writing Survey by the National Arts Council (NAC) has found.
Out of the 1,015 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) aged 15 and above who were interviewed, only 44 per cent said that they have read at least one literary book between March 2014 and March 2015.
This is despite the fact that 80 per cent of those polled agreed that reading enabled people to learn new things. Seventy-two per cent also believed that reading improved their quality of lives. ...continue reading »
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