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.