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Jakarta Post

Illiteracy tops 4 percent in Bogor

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, March 14 2012   /  11:11 am

BOGOR: About 150,000 people in Bogor, West Java, 4 percent of the regency’s population, are illiterate and are not fluent in Indonesian.

“We have to work hard to eradicate illiteracy in the regency. The condition is causing more concern because Bogor is a buffer zone for the capital,” Bogor Regent Rachmat Yasin said on Tuesday.

Most of the regency’s 4.7 million people, however, spoke Sundanese, a widely used language in West Java, and could read Arabic, at least phonetically, as required under Islam, Rachmat added.

To eradicate illiteracy, the regency administration is setting up 167 public learning centers in 40 districts, according to the Bogor Education Agency chief Didi Kurnia.

“The officials and tutors at the learning centers are at the vanguard for providing access to education to residents,” Didi said....