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...to the masses, you ‘literates’
The oil-rich Middle East and its leading countries seem to be gradually waking up to the realisation that they might finally lose their so-called long term competitive edge in the short term itself. This loss is primarily because of the Middle-East’s thorough incapability in encouraging youths to take up higher education and in boosting their entrepreneurial spirits in the new age era.
Take Saudi Arabia. Critically, though Saudi Arabia has more than 14,000 educational institutions, including seven universities, according to Saudi Arabia’s human development report, 17% adults are still illiterate. But the UN shows how 33% of males and a whopping 56% of females are illiterates in Saudi Arabia. But of horror is the official data that higher education enrolment ratio is a meagre 27.7% of the ‘enrollable’ population.
That means that the nation could well be spawning 70 odd percent of illiterate generations in the coming years. Though King Abdullah decided to invest $2.4 billion (SR 9 billion) for educational development projects to boost science and technology, the industry has quoted that the projects do not meet their requirements. Oil can surely teach nations a lesson in more ways than one.
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