Brunei has the second highest literacy rate among ASEAN countries after Thailand, but primary and secondary school enrolment has dropped slightly, according to The Brunei Times.

The paper cited a report from the ASEAN Secretariat that adult literacy in Brunei rose by 1.6 percent from 2000 to 2011.

Among the 10 ASEAN member countries, Thailand led the pack with adult literacy at 98.2 percent as of 2011, followed by Brunei at 96.9 percent and Singapore at 96.2 percent.

Cambodia recorded the lowest adult literacy with 79.9 percent of the population, according to data compiled in the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System report.

Countries that made significant improvements in adult literacy were Thailand, improving by 5.6 percent over 10 years, and Indonesia, which rose from 88.6 percent in 2000 to 94 percent in 2011.

All the ASEAN countries also showed advances in net primary and secondary school enrolments, except for Brunei .

Brunei secondary school enrolment fell from 100 percent of secondary school-aged children in 2000, to 97 percent in 2011.

Singapore led the region with the highest primary and secondary school enrolments, at 100 percent and 98 percent respectively.

The report also indicated that Singapore and Thailand had the highest tertiary enrolment in 2011, at 72 percent and 63 percent respectively.-VNA