The paper critically interrogates and assesses the importance of reading and its indispensable contributions to the educational development of the society. The paper also laments the fallen standard of education in Nigeria and addresses the decay and the rot that has characterised the educational system in Nigeria, which is a consequence of the dwindling reading culture among the Nigerian youths. An analysis of the recent Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination results conducted by both the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) was carried out. Result shows that the performance of students over the years in these examinations has been very poor as many of them failed to possess the minimum requirements for admission into higher institutions of learning. The paper thus made far-reaching recommendations that could enhance reading culture in Nigeria.
Clement Ajidahun, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria
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