The number of children with no books rises
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Monday 05 December 2011
One in three children do not have a single book of their own at home, a survey has found.
The National Literacy Trust said the figure has trebled in seven years, which is concerning as children with no books tend to have lower literacy standards.
It also found that one in six adults left school at 16 unable to read fluently.
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