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Oaxaca illiteracy rate is twice the national average

With an illiteracy rate of 13.3%, higher than the national average of 5.5%, Oaxaca commemorates National Day of Literacy as one of the priority states of the federal government to reduce the rate of people who can not read or write.

Educational authorities of the state government pointed out that Oaxaca has a great challenge in literacy, because in illiteracy it is 50% more than the national average, along with Chiapas and Guerrero.

According to the State Institute of Adult Education (IEEA), to date in Oaxaca, 13,675 young people and adults in literacy are served, of which 2,265 learn to read and write in their native languages and 11,410 in Spanish.

Also, so far this year, 10,617 young people and adults have learned to read and write, of which 9,201 in Spanish and 1,416 in an indigenous language.

According to the Institute headed by Claudia Silva Fernández, in the state of Oaxaca the region with the highest illiteracy rate is the Costa, with 64,912 people in this condition.

The most disadvantaged groups regarding illiteracy in Oaxaca are women and indigenous populations, which is reported as 28% of the illiterate population, according to the latest Intercensal Survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

Of the population of 15 to 24 years old, the literacy rate is of 95.9%, while of those 25 years and older, it is 80.2%.

The State Institute of Public Education of Oaxaca (IEEPO) announced that in coordination with the federal government and the agencies of the sector such as the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA), will present and design the State Program to abate Illiteracy: “Without illiteracy, Oaxaca advances”.

By gender, according to the latest government records, more than 240,000 women in Oaxaca are illiterate, unlike men, with 127,887.


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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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