30 November, 2005

Census: secod-rate and illtrate

Here's the census form. You may click it to see a bigger version:

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Don't forget to answer all the questions correctly...

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...if you can understand them, that is:

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Anonymous said...

i think its a trick question. to see if the illitrate is really an illiterate!

BD said...

Are you sure this isn't a counterfeit form. There are news reports that some people refused to cooperate with census takers. If they were handed forms like these I can see why.

secretdubai said...

Sadly not. It was left at my door, and the guy came round right later the same night.

They actually first dropped off a form back in Februrary, I blogged about it back then.

CG said...

Refused to cooperate????
How did you hear about us I wonder?

Anyhoooooooooo we did refuse, until an educated person was sent, and he just wanted to know why we had 24 pairs of sandals outside the door when we had not declared 24 occupants.....
oh man.... isn't it fun to be here.

samuraisam said...

i can see people really answering this honestly.

notice the last bulletpoint of the page;
"employment status is meant for those above 15 years of age"

i have an article somewhere, 5 people were arrested for being under 18 and having jobs in dubai.

i'd think it to be fake if there were some sort of income description

BuJ said...

it's really amusing to have this 3-stage zooming process to spot the typo :)

I wonder how do you define the head of the family?

nzm said...

and maybe if you got to #5, you may know how to correctly spell "secondary".

That's presuming that you already knew how to spell "Preparatory" too!


samuraisam said...

hmm. i wouldn't be surprised if someone under 10 could spell better than this census.
pity 10 year old's cannot list their level of education.

John B. Chilton said...

it happens

Anonymous said...

Do the people that design the forms not think about what will be written in the space provided?

Look at how much space they provide for simple multiple choices such as education. Now, knowing the length of some peoples names and family names, they leave almost no space. And then Nationality? Almost the smallest space on the sheet. I suppose you could use the two letter code.

Even some countries' immigration forms have the same issues. They leave HUGE space for your first name, second name, third name, fourth name and a tiny space for your family name/lastname/clan/tribe (specified as such in English and Arabic).

BD said...

Good point Anon. Someone--and their boss--should get fired over this form!

CG said...

buj....easy, the head of the family is the one with the biggest head. Which is me.........hehe


waterboy said...

What happened to the hi-tech handheld PCs that they were wittering about just recently?

Hi-tech PDAs make census process easier as first phase gathers steam

The first couple of days of Phase-I of UAE's most ambitious and far-reaching Census (Tedad) have proved to be a major success with the 1,500 Enumerators and Supervisors reporting swift assimilation of data due to the use of state-of-the-art technology in the nationwide initiative.


samuraisam said...

the money went to the "my wife needs a new mercedes fund"

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