October 6, 2022

Cambodia’s Adult Literacy Increases Significantly

Literacy rate for the citizens aged 15 years old and above in Cambodia has seen a significant rise, reflecting the government’s successful efforts in eradicating illiteracy rate, said a senior official of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.

The literacy rate among Cambodian adults has increased to 87.8 percent in 2020, up from 77.6 percent in 2008, said the ministry’s spokesperson H.E. Ros Soveacha.

"The figure clearly reflects the Royal Government of Cambodia's efforts to reduce illiteracy rate," H.E. Ros Soveacha said at a press conference held here on Aug. 16 by the Royal Government Spokesperson Unit.

Cambodia currently has a total of 18,430 public and private schools, ranging from kindergartens to high schools, with 3.58 million students, stated the ministry, adding that there are also 130 higher education institutions, 48 of them are state-run.

Cambodia’s Education Strategic Plan 2019-2023 aims to encourage students to finish primary school, increase enrollment and promote regular attendance.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press