A senior official of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Education says there are eight million illiterate people in the country, approximately 10 percent of the population.
Last April, the Iranian parliament’s research center had reported that nearly nine million Iranians suffer from “absolute illiteracy.”
Nonetheless, the Education Ministry’s Director of Literacy, Leyla Rezaee insists that there are only eight million illiterate Iranians.
Statistics compiled by international organizations such as UNESCO show that the number of “absolutely illiterate” people in Iran is much higher, despite the implementation of three strategic plans for eradicating illiteracy in Iran.
Based on World Bank statistics, nearly 85.5% of the population were literate in Iran in 2016. The World Bank assessment shows that Iran has 11.6 million absolute illiterate people.
UNESCO’s statistics also show that 2% of the Iranian population under the age of 24 still suffer from absolute illiteracy.
In March 2018, the head of Iran’s Literacy Movement Organization, Ali Baqerzadeh, told the state-run ISNA news agency that the number of absolute illiterate people in Iran was 8.8 million, and their number along with semi-illiterates stood at 11 million.
Iran’s border provinces suffer from the highest rate of illiteracy.
Based in part on wire reports