• 1 in 6 people has literacy difficulties in Ireland

    Posted on October 14, 2013 by in News Updates

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    A new OECD survey shows that almost 18% or about 1 in 6, Irish adults are at or below level 1 on a five level literacy scale. Ireland ranks 15 out of 24 participating countries. At this level a person may be unable to understand basic written information.

    25% of Irish adults score at or below level 1 for numeracy compared to just over 20% on average across participating countries.

    The Irish results of the OECD survey were announced on Tuesday 8 October by the Department of Education and Skills.

    For this survey the CSO interviewed 6,000 people aged 16 – 65 in Ireland and assessed their literacy, numeracy and ability to use technology to solve problems and accomplish tasks.

    42% of Irish adults score at or below level 1 on using technology to solve problems and accomplish tasks. Six other countries score at similar levels. They include Finland 40%, Estonia 43% and Sweden 44%.

    More details about the survey can be found on the NALA website.

     

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