THE READING HABITS OF JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF BENIN DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, BENIN CITY.
This study investigated the reading habits of Junior Secondary Schools students of University of Benin Demonstration Secondary School (UDSS), Benin City. One hundred and twenty-six students were selected from JSSI, JSS II and JSSIII using quota system whereby 25% of the student in each of the classes were selected. A Reading Habit Inventory (RHI) containing ten items was used to find out the extent which they read and the frequency in which they read. The data collected was used to answer research questions among others; would there be differences in the reading habits among the different layer groups of the Junior Secondary School Students at UDSS and do UDSS students read books outside the recommended texts? The study revealed that UDSS students do extensive reading on their own, they read outside recommended text. It was recommended that teachers should promote students’ reading culture to strengthen their learning capabilities, the library period on the student’s time table should be utilized to enhance reading on part of the students.