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Illiteracy rate in China 2019, by region

This statistic shows the illiteracy rate in China in 2019, by region. Illiterate population refers to the proportion of the population aged 15 and older who are unable to read or have difficulty in reading. In 2019, the illiteracy rate in the Chinese Hebei province had amounted to 2.54 percent.

Illiteracy in China

Literacy poses the basis for all other forms of education. Literacy skills are essential for the promotion of sustainable development, both in terms of economic progress and social advance. People with good literacy skills enjoy a better living standard and have better chances in the job market. In comparison with other countries in the Asia Pacific region, literacy in China is relatively high. China’s literacy rate has increased from 66 percent in 1982 to 96 percent in 2015. A distinctive gap between gender literacy existed as early as 1982, but gender differences in literacy had become less significant by 2015. This change had been facilitated by education reforms in China, namely mandatory free primary school education has helped to virtually eradicate illiteracy in China. As of 2017, 100 percent of primary-school-age children in China had been enrolled in school, making it one of the countries with the highest primary school enrollment rates worldwide.

Regional disparities in literacy

However, regional disparities in literacy rate still persist in China. Literacy in regions with a strong economic background tends to be higher than in underdeveloped regions. The literacy rate in Tibet had been at a staggering 33.11 percent compared with a national average of 4.85 percent in China.

Illiteracy rate in China in 2019, by region

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Source

Release date

October 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

Illiterate population refers to population aged 15 and older who are unable to read or have difficulty in reading.

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