- You are an education officer attached to the Ministry of Education. You have been asked to write a short article on literacy in selected countries. Your article should use the information given below. You should write 150 to 200 words.
Literacy Rate: Bangladesh and Pakistan Lag Behind
by: Najwa Latif
The literacy rate between male and female for year 1990 and 2000 increased steadily for many country generally. However, there was still a great disparity in literacy rate between some countries.
For poor country like Bangladesh, Kuwait and Pakistan, there were slow and imbalance increase of literacy rate between 1990 and 2000 for both male and female with percentage growth was within 10%. Broadly speaking, although female's literacy rate in these countries had risen within the range of 10% over ten years, they still cannot exceed male's rate. Despite this substantial increase, the disparity in literacy rate for developed country such as Brazil, China and Kuwait compared to poor country is still very wide. They also showed a balanced increase of about 10% for both gender throughout the decade. Somehow, in 2000, literacy rate for most of these countries was more than 70% for both gender and this made a difference within range of 20% between poor country's literacy rate. Mostly, the ratio for literate persons in developed countries against those in the poor countries was 3:1.
In conclusion, a large gap between developed and poor countries in terms of literacy rate still extant although all of them showed an increasing trend among in year 2000.