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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Age at leaving school

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Age at leaving school  (AGE at leaving school)

The population is also often classified by educational status 1. Individuals who can read and write are called literate 2; those who have reached a certain age and cannot are illiterate 3. Often completion of a particular grade or level of schooling is assumed to confer literacy. Educational attainment statistics 4 classify individuals by grade attainment 5, years of school completed 5 or, more rarely, by age at leaving school 6. Another type of classification is based upon the diploma 7, degree 7 or certificate 7 obtained, and depends on the organization of instruction 8 in each country.

  • 2. Literate, adj. - literacy, n. Literacy statistics are the part of education statistics that refer to the ability to read and write. The literacy ratio is the proportion of the population covered that is literate. Its complement is the illiteracy ratio.
  • 3. Illiterate, adj. - illiteracy, n. A person who is able to read but not write may be called semi-literate, and such persons are sometimes classed with the literate and at other times with the illiterate population.
  • 4. The school-age population (346-7) is often classifed by grade or level of enrollment, and attainment is then presented only for the population beyond normal school age.