Tarlac gov’s education program cited for high literacy rate
Local government efforts to strengthen education in Tarlac proved to be fruitful.
The Philippine Statistics Authority in Tarlac said the province posted a 99-percent literacy rate among its 1,078, 816 household population, according to the most recent census.
The figure is higher than the province’s 98.7-percent average literacy rate in 2010, with 99 percent for males and 99.1 percent for females.
Provincial spokesperson Arvin Cabalu credited this new record to the education program of the local government.
“The very high literacy rate that the province garnered is a testament that the programs of Gov. Susan Yap under its Edukasyon at Trabaho Muna are in place and have a direct effect on the people and the students,” Cabalu said.
Statistics show that 32.1 percent of residents aged 5 years and above had attended or completed elementary education, while 42.4 percent reached or finished high school.
Of the total population, 8.8 percent are college undergraduates while 8.7 percent have bachelor’s degrees. Females who are bachelor’s degree holders posed a stark difference with males who have 38 percent.
Among the college graduates, 56.7 percent are female while 43.4 percent are male.
Of the 532,243 households with age group five to 24 years old, 67.4 percent attended classes during the school year 2015-2016.
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