Government keen to stamp out illiteracy

DUBAI - Dr Ali Abdul Aziz Al Sharahan, Minister of Education and Youth, emphasised that the UAE government was very keen on eradicating illiteracy.

By Mohsen Rashid

Published: Wed 7 Jan 2004, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:18 AM

He said the levels of illiteracy among UAE citizens were going down due to the endeavours of the government at the behest of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Dr Sharehan said that the UAE occupied a very distinguished position among the countries combating illiteracy. He said the number of primary stage students of the adult education programme in 1992-93 was 6,799 and in the secondary stage, there were 8,599 students. These numbers had decreased now to 3,444 in the primary stage and 1,205 in the secondary stage, he said, adding that it reflected the efforts of the Ministry of Education in eradicating illiteracy.

In percentage terms, the rate of illiteracy, which stood at 80 per cent when the UAE was formed, has declined sharply to just 7 per cent in 2000, he added.

He said the ministry had applied the rule of compulsory education for primary stage students to avoid dropouts and absenteeism.

Meanwhile, Dr Salem Ghabar, Director of Adult Education Department, said that the department would do its best to encourage people to join the Adult Education programmes. He added that the department would start new courses through distance learning.

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