PNG ILLITERACY RATE AMONG WORLD'S HIGHEST

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 16, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- Papua New Guinea has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world.

According to the latest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) figures, PNG's illiteracy rate is 48 percent. Of every 100 people, 48 do not know how to read and write.

Speaking at the closing of National Literacy Awareness week in the PNG capital of Port Moresby last Friday, Secretary of Education Peter Baki said the onus is now on every individual, family, community, district, and province to help encourage everyone to become literate.

Meantime, vigorous efforts now are underway throughout the country by various non-government organizations to improve literacy.

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