Society, Schools and Progress in Eastern Europe by Nigel Grant

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R. They do not 88 Herta Haase and Seymour Rosen, Education in Rumania, p. 16. ( U . S . ) George Schöpflin, op. cit. 30 Society, Schools and Progress in Eastern Europe have to cope with economic backwardness on the scale of India or China, with the added complications of an alarming explosion of population ; nor have they had to perform the leap of centuries in the space of decades, as m a n y Africans, Asians and Latin Americans are having to do. Climate ranges from the benign to the unfriendly, but avoids the worst excesses at both ends of the scale that can so disrupt social living elsewhere.

102. ) 16 17 18 Society, Schools and Progress in Eastern Europe 19 schooling. I n Poland, barely 25 per cent completed the sevenyear elementary school, and over a quarter of the population were 20 21 illiterate. I n R u m a n i a , too, 25 per cent were illiterate, while in Yugoslavia the figure stood at 46 per cent in the 1930's; even this estimate was generous, since anyone who could sign his n a m e was reckoned to be literate. In the 1961 census, a reading test was used to determine literacy more stringently; this yielded a figure 22 of just under 20 per c e n t .

16. ( U . S . ) George Schöpflin, op. cit. 30 Society, Schools and Progress in Eastern Europe have to cope with economic backwardness on the scale of India or China, with the added complications of an alarming explosion of population ; nor have they had to perform the leap of centuries in the space of decades, as m a n y Africans, Asians and Latin Americans are having to do. Climate ranges from the benign to the unfriendly, but avoids the worst excesses at both ends of the scale that can so disrupt social living elsewhere.

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