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China to halve adult illiteracy by 2015

(People's Daily)

17:16, March 12, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China plans to increase the number of continuing education students to 290 million as more than 42 percent of its total workforce by 2015, according to the “Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Continuing Education” released by the Ministry of Education.

The country will accelerate the development of continuing education through promoting both degree-seeking and career-oriented non-degree continuing education as well as social life education, eliminating illiteracy, and establishing more learning organizations.

The country will focus on eliminating illiteracy among both employed and unemployed young and middle-aged illiterate adults in urban and rural areas, especially those in ethnic minorities-inhabited areas, border areas, and poor areas.

The number of illiterate adults in the country is expected to fall more than 50 percent from 2000 to 2015.

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