Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Pupils borrowing only one book a term

Children are missing out on reading for pleasure because schools are failing to spend enough money on library books. The average pupil borrows just one book a term because school libraries are so underfunded and underused. Library budgets have been cut to allow for an increase in spending on computers and ICT facilities.

According to a survey for Booktrust, 61% of primary schools are failing to provide the recommended number of books for their students, spending £8.04 per head on books, instead of £10.

The research also showed that it is difficult for children to borrow books with half of primaries closing their libraries at break and lunchtimes.

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