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730,000 illiterate women in KSA

Almost 13,000 women in the 20-24-year age bracket are illiterate, compared with just over 10,000 men.

Source : Arab news / 23 Aug 2014

Women account for 60 percent of illiterate residents in the Kingdom, according to studies conducted by the Central Department of Statistics & Information.
Almost 730,000 women cannot read or write, according to the study. More than 426,000 men, by contrast, are also illiterate.

The study also found that women account for only 17 percent of the total number of doctoral degree holders and less than a quarter of the 166,500 master’s degree holders.

The study, however, found that women account for 72 percent of master’s degree holders in the 20 to 24-year age bracket, showing promise among young female graduates.

Around 1,217 women who secured doctoral degrees are in the 30 to 34-year age group, slightly outnumbering men in the same age range.

Around the same number of teens from both genders are illiterate.

Astonishingly, almost 15,000 boys and girls in equal measure cannot read or write in 15 to 19-year age bracket despite enhanced educational initiatives.

The study also found that age and illiteracy among women were directly proportional, with more women being illiterate in older age groups.

Almost 13,000 women in the 20-24-year age bracket are illiterate, compared with just over 10,000 men.

In addition, around 41,000 women do not know how to read or write in the 75 to 79-year age bracket versus 30,000 men in the same generation.

Around 2 million men have completed university education in the Kingdom, compared with only 1.4 million women in the same category.
The study also found that there were 10 times as many young boys going through primary school compared with girls.

 

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