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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Literacy Rates Have Not Budged In Last Decade

A newly released survey says the low rates of adult literacy in the province have not moved since 2003, despite the many programs in place bent on bringing it up.

That's according to results from a new international survey of adult skills conducted in 33 countries. Natasha Bozek of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick tells CHSJ News there are many reasons it is stagnating, including poverty, high unemployment rates and parents and adults who are not engaged in learning or don't think it's important. 

Bozek says the results revealed there's a wide education and skills gap between people in the province. While literacy rates haven't budged here in the province, the rates in Canada as a whole dropping over the last decade.