I would like to dedicate this write up to the almighty God for giving me the privilege and knowledge to make this a success, to my parents for their sponsorship in all aspect of life and to my pastor, for being a great mentor in terms of hard work, diligence and discipline. yu II? PREFACE This term paper is written to critically analyze the effects of bad reading thorough research has indicated that more than 85% of individuals, comprising mostly of student, have actually stopped reading to acquire knowledge but to pass examinations.

This work is also bringing to light that for Nigerians to come up with progressive ideas, it is advisable to bury your head into the only source of knowledge, books. The term paper is split into three (3) parts. Part one (1) (chapters 1 and 2) talking about the causes and effects of poor reading habit in Nigeria. Part two (2) (chapters 3 and 4) laying emphasis on the results of part 1 on our educational system and the nation as a whole. Finally, part three (3) (chapter 5), drawing out possible solutions and antidotes for the present situation and layout strategies to prevent its re occurrence in the future.

Hopefully, this work would bring out practical solutions to our never ending problems IV CONTENT CHAPTER 1: READING AS A CULTURE 1. 0: Introduction: what is reading? 1. 1: Reading skills. 1. 2: Benefits of reading. 1. 3: Reading for comprehension. CHAPTER 2: CAUSES OF POOR READING HABITS 2. 0: Introduction: electronic media as a cause. 2. 1: Lack of good teacher-student relationship. 2. 2: Lack of interest in reading. 2. 3: Bad education system. CHAPTER 3: ILLS AND CONSEQUENCES OF POOR READING HABITS. 3.0: Introduction: mass failure in nationwide examinations. 3. 1: Narrow mindedness. 3. 2: examination malpractice 3. 3: Slow death of library and literature in the system. CHAPTER 4: EFFECT ON THE NATION AND EDUCATION SYSTEM. CHAPTER 5: SOLUTIONS TO THIS ILL STATE. SUMMARY REFERENCEV PAGE 1 CHAPTER 1: READING AS A CULTURE. 1. 0: Introduction: what is reading? According to the Oxford dictionary of current English, reading is the act of understanding written or printed word meanings or in some cases, meaning of symbols as well.

Taking a review of reading from the time of early civilization, the reading class surfaced before the reading culture. The reading class is actually a group of people who routinely use reading for their work and entertainment. Education has made the reading class a route of entry for members from other socio-economic backgrounds. Examples of the reading class can be taken from the Muslims, the early Greeks out of the numerous groups of reading members. However, reading culture is far deviant from the reading class both in terms of definition, concept and scope.

Reading culture is said to be the society where both the ability and practice of reading is necessary in order to be culturally competent and economically acceptable. Unlike reading class, reading culture is more like a recent development. In our world today, the requirement for full social participation has caused an arousing pressure for mass literacy and this is as a result of people developing or seems likely to develop a reading culture. In reading culture, what one reads becomes a useful form of stratum and social gesticulation. utterly, it is both possible and from historical records, very common to have a reading class without a reading culture and in most occasion, the group of people administered in the reading class neither have the high capacity of reading or actually desire it and the signs of reading culture include the invention of written news by and for an anonymous public. We can draw out the early stages of a reading culture in imperial Rome, West African market towns (e. g. Onitsha, during the end of the colonial period) among other places.