x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Abu Dhabi boasts 94 per cent literacy rate

New figures released by Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi reveal dramatic improvement in literacy over 40 years.

ABU DHABI // The illiteracy rate in Abu Dhabi has dropped from 75.12 per cent in 1971 to only 6 per cent in 2011, according statistics released today by the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD).

This makes Emiratis in the capital among the most literate in the Arab world, where the average in 2009 was 27.3 per cent, said state news agency WAM.

''The total number of schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the school year 2010/2011 year was 480 (299 Government and 181 were private), comprising 13,528 classrooms, 306,497 pupils, 22,218 teachers and 8,055 administrators. The number of pupils per teacher was 13.8 and the number of pupils per classroom was 22.7,'' said SCAD.