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National illiteracy rate estimated at 38.3%
By Awudu Salami Sule


Mr Samuel Salifu Mogre, the Director of Non-Formal Education Division of the Ministry of Education has described as alarming the national illiteracy rate which is estimated at 38.3 per cent.


The increase in the illiteracy rate he said remain a stumbling block for socio-economic development in the country and has called on all stakeholders to double their efforts in reducing the figure to a single digit within the shortest possible time.


Mr Mogre in a statement issued in Accra as Ghana marks International Literary Day today urged all stakeholders of literacy not to relent but to continue to strive to ensure the reduction of illiteracy to single digits in the not too distant future.


He said, illiteracy was no respecter of persons, communities and nations and its striking effects could be seen wherever it shows its ugly head.


"Illiteracy is the main cause for ignorance, poverty, disease and underdevelopment and the nations that bear the brunt of illiteracy have often shown visible signs of underdevelopment", he said in the statement.


The International Literary Day was the day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to sensitise the world to the problem and challenges that illiteracy posed to the personal growth and the development of nations.


This year's celebrations was under the theme "Functional literacy, key to national participation, good citizenship and social development".

 

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