The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) prepares annual reports on education rates in the Sultanate, as well as, the illiteracy rates in the Omani society. The latest educational statistics were issued in 2013 and it includes illiteracy impairment rates according to gender among individuals of 15-79 years old.
The statistics show that illiteracy rate in 2010 among males is 8.2% and 18.4% among females. Those rates decreased in the following years to 5.5% for males and 12.9% for females in 2013. This decrease comes as a result of the development made through combating illiteracy besides to carrying out adult education systems in the Sultanate.
Education indicators showed a real progress in higher education rates which were registered an overall enrollment rate of (98.1%) in 2011, whereas it was (85.4%) in 1990. The rate of the students who passed grades 1- 6 reached (98.5%) in 2011 compared with (81.6%) in 1990.
The gender gap had shrunk in the different stages of education. The gender parity indicator of primary schools students showed (97%) in 2011, compared to (89%) in 1990, (96%) for secondary schools students in the same year, compared to (95%) in 1990. Literacy rate between ages of 15-24 years combined registered (98.9%) in 2011 compared to (92%) in 1990.
For more detailed statistics, please visit the Annual Statistical Report page .
The indicators shows the distinguished achievements of the Sultanate in this field and its efforts towards providing education for all. Yet, there are few areas which need to be improved in order to reach the goal of educating everybody, and contributing to improving the education quality.