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A new report from the United Nations says [more / over] than 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write. It said they could also not do [basic / basically] mathematics. The report said that 120 million children have [spending / spent] little or [no / none] time in school. The researchers said children not going to school means countries [losing / lose] money. Each year, governments lose [down / up] to $130 billion. Vibeke Jensen, a U.N. spokeswoman, said there was a global "learning [crash / crisis] ". She said this was because there were not [plenty / enough] well-trained teachers in poor areas. She said that in a [third / thirdly] of countries, 75 per cent of primary school teachers do not have enough training. She added: "The issue now is to put the focus [in / on] quality."

The report said that most of [those / them] not going to school were girls. It said it was [importance / important] that developing countries educate girls. Sending girls to school can increase a country's [health / wealth] by 25 per cent over 40 years. The report said that [most / almost] two-thirds (66%) of girls in Arab countries and sub-Saharan Africa would never [gone / go] to school. In Yemen, just 36 per cent of young women are [literacy / literate] . The Reuters news agency said: "If [current / currant] trends continue, the poorest part of the young female [populated / population] in developing countries won’t [achieve / achievement] literacy until 2072" There was some good news. In Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam, the number of children not going to school [fell / fall] by 85 per cent in the last five years.

 


 
 
 

 

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