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Awasa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa University, Gonder, religious groups

Education has expanded considerably since 1952, when only 4 percent of the adult population was literate. Since then, many schools have been opened, and several teacher-training schools have graduated numerous teachers. A major program to increase literacy was started in 1979; but by 2001 only 55 percent of the adult population could read and write. Although free education exists from primary school through the college level, regular school facilities are able to enroll only 63 percent of the children of school age. In the 1998-1999 school year 4.4 million students attended primary schools run by the government and religious groups. The number of students enrolled in secondary schools was 1.86 million. Addis Ababa University (1950) has branches in Awasa, Bahir Dar, Debre Zeyit, and Gonder. The ‘Alemaya University of Agriculture was founded in 1962. Colleges and universities enrolled 52,305 students in 1998-1999.



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Awasa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa University, Gonder, religious groups, literacy, free education, Colleges, college level, universities, primary schools, secondary schools, branches, adult population, percent, government, school year, number of students

 
 

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