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'The Hunger Games' to be included in Singapore schools

Students in Singapore now have to explore a different genre. American science fiction bestseller, The Hunger Games, have attracted schools in Singapore to include texts.

Shermaine Tang, Vice Principal, Singapore Chinese Girls 'School, believes that "The Hunger Games' written by the American writer Suzanne Collins is the best book to explore. She feels that help students understand the meaning of love, friends, family and inequality. Many people have supported the initiative as they believe that this will attract more students to read literature. Students reading "The Hunger Games" also reading the classic "Merchant of Venice" with .

The initiative also invited criticism from those who question authority on the relevance of violence in the study material.

Although The Hunger Games was not on the list of recommended texts for lower secondary level but according to the Ministry of Education, schools have the right to choose books that can meet the needs of their students.

Shermaine Tang adds that despite being an essential film franchise also has a strong female figure reminiscent of the value of a girl at the individual level.

A parent daughter started to read the book as part of the curriculum has been disrupted by the introduction of the hunger games.

The parents said, "the bloody book has descriptions of children killing children without mercy to be saved. It is not appropriate to introduce this kind of violence to children so young."

But others point out that reading the book will be safer for children watching graphic violence in computer games and television.

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