Sixty percent of Cambodian women are unable to read or write, according to a report released by the Ministry of Education on Sunday. Phun Han Sin, director of the informal education system at the ministry, said women's literacy lagged men's because women are more likely to abandon their education for work or childcare. Though primary school achievement levels between the two sexes are comparable, he said, the gap widens considerably once women pass the age of 15. Government officials said they plan to increase funding to combat the problem.
In Brief: Illiteracy higher among women
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