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Santo Domingo.- When the National Quisqueya Aprende Contigo Literacy Plan (QAC) was launched on January 7, 2013, the country's illiteracy rate was 14%. Three years into the program, the illiteracy rate stands at 7.5%, or a 6.5% fall.

"In 2013 provincial illiteracy rates were higher than 11%, only the National District and Santo Domingo province had 8.1% and 9.4%, respectively," said QAC director, Horacio Medrano

"Now everything has changed, the national illiteracy rate is 7.5% and most provinces are below 11%, and the National District and Santo Domingo province have a rate of less than 5%."

In a meeting with the heads of the Education Ministry's. Special Programs Dept. (DIGEPEP), Medrano attributed the QAC's results thus far to the integration and coordination of all social actors with the Government.

He revealed that 718,918 people have enrolled in the literacy plan, but have been affected by a desertion rate as high as 60%. "Even with this high dropout we have been able to literate and certify 377,641 people, which is equivalent to saying that illiteracy is 7.5%."

Medrano added that the challenge now is a Dominican Republic free of illiteracy, with a national rate of 4.9%.

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