One in five kids “never reads a book at school”

Every fifth school pupil in grades 7-9 says that they never read books in school. Among boys the figure is higher, with 25% claiming never to read a book at school, according to research carried out by the National Union of Teachers.

The majority read one to three books per year in school, roughly the same as in their free time.

A complementary study directed at teachers showed that the main obstacle is finding material that meets the needs of every individual pupil. Teachers say they want to work in smaller groups so that they can offer more assistance and motivation to children with limited reading abilities.

The National Union of Teachers proposes increasing reading in schools by only employing qualified teachers and increasing the cooperation between them, putting a library in every school and increasing the budget for books.

The union also recommended a national campaign to emphasise the importance of reading.

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TT/The Local