Illiteracy Rate in Some Brazilian States Runs from 20 to 30%

    A 2004 survey found that Brazil’s illiteracy rate was 11.4%; that is, 11.4% of the population 15 years of age or older declared that they could not read or write.

    For the sake of comparison, illiteracy rates in some other Latin American nations are: Mexico (9.7%,), Chile (4.3%), Argentina (2.8%) and Cuba (0.2%). In China, the illiteracy rate is 9.1%.

    The illiteracy problem was most serious in remote rural areas where the rate rises in some cases to over 25%. In urban areas the rate is 8.7%.

    Brazil continues to have enormous regional differences, even in the illiteracy rate. It was highest in the Northeast, reaching 19.4% in the state of Sergipe and 29.5% in Alagoas.

    The lowest illiteracy rates (below 5%) were in the Distrito Federal (4.2%) and the states of Santa Catarina (4.8%) and Rio de Janeiro (4.8%).

    Despite the progress that has occurred in education in recent years, according to data released at the end of last year, illiteracy persisted among 10.5% of the Brazilian population aged 10 or more in 2004. This index was 10.6% in 2003.

    The survey also showed that 2.9% of children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 14 did not attend school in 2004. In regional terms, the lowest indices of children who did not attend school were in the Southeast (1.9%) and the South (2.2%).

    The highest indices were in the North (5.1%) and the Northeast (3.9%). In the Center-West, the index stood at 2.8%.

    The majority of students aged 5 and over were enrolled in public schools (80.9%). At university level, public institutions accounted for 26.1% of the student population. That is, three out of every four university students attended private institutions.

    At the high school level, public schools concentrated 85% of the student population, and in fundamental education, 89%. At the pre-school level the public school system handled 75.7% of the total number of children enrolled in 2004.



    • Show Comments (4)

    • alana

      the governent should step in and give them a future

    • Guest

      Correct !
      The truth is really sad, and even more insane when comparing with poorer countries than Brazil.
      Is it not time that your government(s) dont commit the necessary long term budgets to change all this ?
      No one can say it is not possible as poorer countries did a better job than Brazil.

      Quite unfortunate that your governments are always talking for change, but without an ensuing action.
      They must he responsible and accountable.
      At the end, real and comparative statitistics, speak for themselves : far not enough was done !

    • Guest

      A hug to my mom, brother and sister!!!

    • Guest

      These numbers just show how Brazilian education is undervalued. As I am from Brazil, I can’t don’t get indignat with the results of this survey.

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