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Why literacy rates are higher of Azerbaijan?

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Curtis Rhodes on June 27, 2018

One of the greatest legacies that Azerbaijan has inherited from the past is a strong educational system. Formal education began at the turn of the last century, and coincided with of Azerbaijan's oil boom. Became even more widespread and prominent during the Soviet period. . Azerbaijan is a relatively small country of the republic; in fact, eight countries the size of Azerbaijan could fit inside of Texas. However, despite how small they are, about a third of our population is devoted to education. That means nearly 2.2 million people out of a population of something over 7 million are teachers or students. During the Soviet era, Azerbaijan had a very high literacy rate of 99 per cent and was known for its well-educated population. In fact, our literacy rate was higher than in most of the Western nations. . People are often surprised to learn that Azerbaijan's national budget allocates more resources to education than to defense. . Therefore, the 18 percent of the national budget is designated for education, which is almost the same percentage that some of the most advanced Western countries allocate. The parliament has just passed its 1997 budget and allocated 648 million manats ($151.4 million) to education, while only the expenditure of 357 million manat ($83.4 million euros) for defence. In fact, some members of Parliament complain about what they see as the relatively low level of military spending at a time when the country is still in conflict with neighboring Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Our teachers receive the highest salary among government workers-on average about $15 to $30 per month, depending on the level and courses they teach. Even doctors working in government institutions officially make less.

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