SA’s real level of literacy
In total, 92.9% of South Africans can read and write. However, the way that literacy has been defined and measured in South Africa seems to be problematic. According to the 2012 General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), the adult literacy rate is qualified as the self-reported ability to read and write short sentences.
Looking at what level of schooling are represented in the adult (literate) population, 18,958 million people who are over the age of 20 who have a highest level of education between grade 7 and 11 were not asked if they have any difficultly reading or writing. The survey asked adults over the age of 15, whose level of education was lower than Grade 7, whether or not they are able to, have some difficulty, or have a lot of difficultly in writing their name, reading, filling in a form, writing a letter, calculating monetary change or reading road signs.
The survey found about 2.643 million people in South Africa who have some or a lot of difficultly reading, or are unable to read. This corresponds to almost 7% of the adult population.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories