The present stuady is concerned with the various problems associated with
the increased reading load imposed on the Junior secondary school by the
new education policy. With the introduction of many more subjects at this
Ievel of education, the reading tasks of the stuadents have substantially
increased. And unless this gudden increase is met with a railcal approach to
reading instruction, the expectations of the planners of this new education
system may not be fuIly realized, hence the need for a reassessment of the
junior secondary school readling curriculum along the lines auggested in the study.