Linear Discriminatory Function Approach to Literacy Rate Variation: Evidence from Africa
Keywords:Literacy, adult, enrollment, primary, secondary, tertiary
Literacy plays an important role in everyoneâ€™s daily life as it is an instrument for achieving higher education, employment and other accomplishments. Most social problems like exploitation, poverty, inequality, unemployment, prostitution, child labor and crime are the product of existence of illiteracy. The main purpose of this paper is to analyze the variation in average adult literacy rates among the countries of Africa on the basis of available statistical data for the period 1980-2013and shed some light for literacy rate management. Using the linear discriminant function analysis technique for countries in Africa for the period 1980-2013, the study has shown that significant discriminating factors responsible for the variation in literacy rate are secondary, tertiary and primary gender parity index (GPI) and the primary education starting age.
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