Majority of illiterates are women.
Muscat: A report issued recently by the National Centre for Statistics and Information said that 60 per cent of the illiterate Omanis are women according to 2010 census. The report also said that 81 per cent of the Omani women can read and write compared to 70 per cent in 2003. The report affirms that the Sultanate has great strides to eliminate illiteracy in the country, which has dropped by 20 per cent compared to 2003. The government's illiteracy elimination centres have had considerable success with mothers and housewives utilising their services in the rural areas. The Ministry of Education's efforts have earned kudos. More than 850 persons enroll in 127 illiteracy elimination centres nationwide every year, which dramatically would eliminate the illiteracy in the country. The statistics showed that the number of Omani women who enrolled in the secondary schools exceeds 70 per cent. The report informed also that the number of the Omani women jobseekers constituted 64 per cent of the total number of persons who sought employment, according to the data of jobseekers for 2012, and that 20.5 per cent of the workers in the private sector were women. On the other hand, 50 per cent of the illiterate housewives are widows, and one-fifth of them are divorced.
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