Fez - The Moroccan High Commissioner for Planning Ahmed Lahlimi revealed on Tuesday statistics from the 2014 census, which show that illiteracy dropped to 32 percent, compared to 42 percent ten years ago.
Fez – The Moroccan High Commissioner for Planning Ahmed Lahlimi revealed on Tuesday statistics from the 2014 census, which show that illiteracy dropped to 32 percent, compared to 42 percent ten years ago.
Illiteracy rate in Morocco is more common in adults over 50 years old at 61.1 percent, but drops to 3.7 percent for children who are less than 15 years old.
According to the same source, illiteracy rate decreased by 18.7 percent in 2014, and the number of illiterate people decreased to 8.6 million people in comparison to 10.2 million in 2004.
In rural areas illiteracy is still high at 41.7 percent, in comparison to 22.2 percent in urban areas. The illiteracy rate among women (41.9 per cent) is higher than that of young men, 22.1 percent, respectively.
The results show that illiteracy in rural areas dropped proportionately, although it still exists at a high percentage in comparison to urban areas.
In rural areas, illiteracy dropped by 21.2, percent while in urban areas it dropped by 6.9 percent. Men represent 17.5 percent of the drop, while women represent 14.6 percent.
The southern regions of Morocco have the lowest rate of illiteracy. For example, Laâyoune- the Sakia el Hamra region has a rate of 20.3 percent and Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab has 23.9 percent. Béni Mellal-Khénifra, however, has the highest rate of illiteracy at 38.7 percent illiteracy.