Malaysian var­sity stu­dents read only 4 books a year

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KUALA LUMPUR: Read­ing habits among Malaysian stu­dents and lec­tur­ers are low com­pared with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof said a re­search done by Univer­siti Malaya lec­turer Dr Abu Has­san Has­bul­lah showed that one un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent read an av­er­age of only four books a year.

“This sit­u­a­tion was no dif­fer­ent among lec­tur­ers as the re­search showed that they read only 20 books in a span of three years. The dis­par­ity is large if com­pared with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.”

He said this in a speech read by his deputy, Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

The av­er­age num­ber of books read (a year) by stu­dents from Aus­tralia, In­dia, In­done­sia, Thai­land and Brunei were 180, 130, 94, 56 and 26 re­spec­tively.

He said the same re­search was done in 2005, and showed that among the 600 higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Malaysia, only 6.4 per cent had pub­lished books.

“This re­search was done in 2005. I hope now, af­ter 12 years, this num­ber has in­creased.

“This year, I hope the av­er­age num­ber of books read by Malaysian stu­dents would in­crease to at least 36 books per year.”

He said this at a book fair organised by teacher train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, which served as a plat­form for lec­tur­ers and stu­dents to share in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge on book writ­ing and pub­lish­ing.

PIC BY ZULFADHLI ZULKIFLI

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor­gen­eral Datuk Dr Amin Senin (left) at a book fair in Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day.

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