Sunday, December 12, 2010

Malaysia expected to reach 100% adult literacy by 2016

TAWAU: Malaysia expects to achieve 100% literacy for adults at the latest by 2016, said Deputy Rural and Regional Minister Datuk Hassan Malik.

He said it was possible this could be achieved by 2012 based on the aggressive approach taken by concerning the matter by the Social Development Department (Kemas), an agency under the ministry.

"The number of adults in the country who are illiterate or semi-literate is very small. Kemas is identifying those who need help in this matter right up to longhouses in Sarawak," he told reporters after officiating a rural literacy programme here Sunday.

He had represented Rural and Regional Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

According to the latest statistics by Unesco, Malaysia's adult literacy rate now stands at 96%.

*Taken from NST Online

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