Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(2), pp. 824-827 February 2011         
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Full Length Research Paper

Aliteracy: A threat to educational developmen 

1Olufowobi, Oludare O, 2Makinde, Solomon Olanrewaju*

1Dept. of Educational Foundations and Counseling Psychology (EFC), Faculty of Education, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

2Department of Language, Arts and Social Science Education (LASSED), Faculty of Education, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

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Received 22 November, 2011; Accepted 10 January, 2011


Illiteracy had always been described as the bane to development, either at individual or societal level. Hence, government over the years had continued to put several educational programmes to increase the literacy rate of the people. However, the writer of this paper have identified aliteracy as the principal problem of development; those who have the ability or proficiency to read and write lack the interest and desire to do so any longer. This problem could be attributed to some modern technology which seems to discourage the culture of “readers and writers” but encourage that of “listeners and watchers”. Way- outs are then suggested.


Keywords: Aliteracy, illiteracy, educational development