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Illiteracy rate increases in DR, adult education plan lags behind

Santo Domingo, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The illiteracy rate in the Dominican Republic has reportedly risen from 5.5% to 6.5% due to the Covid-19 pandemic that unfortunately disrupted the country´s education programs for people aged 15 and older.

Such figures are part of the 2022 Follow-up and Monitoring Report published by the Dominican Initiative for Quality Education (IDEC), based on data from the Household Survey and the literacy program “Quisqueya Aprende Contigo” (Quisqueya Learns with You).

The document proved the country was close to hitting an under 5% rate in 2020 to be declared free of this scourge, and the process had stalled.

Following the pandemic period, the literacy plan is still at a standstill, despite investment of billions of Dominican pesos.

According to data from the Household Survey, the illiteracy rate was 5.5% in 2019 and 6.5% in 2022, the IDEC stated.