Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) - The Language Development and Fostering Agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology is planning to distribute 21 million books to improve literacy in Indonesia.

"We will distribute the books to various provinces in Indonesia," head of the agency, Imam Budi Utomo, said at the Coordination Meeting and Focused Group Discussion (DKT) on the Revitalization of Acehnese and Gayo Languages in Banda Aceh on Thursday.

The distribution of the books is planned to focus on regions whose national assessment score is still low.

Utomo said that national literacy improvement is currently among the agency's priority programs.

"To this end, the government is making efforts to improve literacy by printing and distributing various books that are related to literacy," he informed.

He further said that later, the government will not only print and distribute books, but also provide assistance in the utilization of the books that it distributes.

"Usually, many books after being given are not used, as they are still sealed and have plastic covers. Therefore, this program provides assistance," he added.

In the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2022 carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Indonesia scored 359 points in reading, lower than the average of 476 points in OECD countries.

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