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At least 1.2 million youths and adults from the country’s population is still illiterate, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Pieris said.

He said the projects that were implemented to increase the literacy should be expanded.

“School-level access committees to provide sustainable solutions through the national education system should also be increased to achieve the 100% literacy,” the Minister said.

He said the countries like North Korea, Cuba, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Philippine had obtained higher literacy rates.

“We should give sensitive attention to those countries literacy rates. These countries will explain a wide change of the education system," the Minister said.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund announced the global celebrations of International Literacy Day on September 8 under the theme 'Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond', especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies.

The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults. The recent COVID-19 crisis had been a stark reminder of the existing gap between policy discourse and reality.

A gap that already existed in the pre-COVID-19 era and negatively affects the learning of youth and adults, who have no or low literacy skills, and therefore, tend to face multiple disadvantages.

During this week's literacy celebration, the Education Ministry had advised all provincial educational secretaries, Provincial Educational directories and zonal education directors on conducting literacy programmes at the school level. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 18

  • sris Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:02 AM

    the literate are jobless n r protesting infront of president office seeking employment..

    An Illiterate Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:08 AM

    The 3Rs - Reading, Riting and Rithmetic are not measures of literacy. How many are functionally literate? Not many.

    ANTON Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:14 AM


    Chux Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:56 AM

    What is the point of been literate??? No opportunities at all???

    Sangaralingham Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:58 AM

    Pity and sad. Is it voluntary or lack of opportunities.poverty parents difficulty of the need of education and understanding it's value. Occupations and family needs for help to maintain income physical mental problems

    Voter Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:05 AM

    Not surprised when you see those elected to Parliament

    BigEars Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:09 AM

    In Sri Lanka we have a high literacy rate and a low IQ.

    Mariks Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:17 AM

    Is it surprising when you see those elected to Parliament.

    Muthutantri Fernando Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:23 AM

    If they are illiterate , are they fit to vote in elections? No wonder they select wrong people.

    Amos Ratnayake Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:28 AM

    No wonder they voted for the murderers and criminals who have won the two third.

    Dee Tuesday, 08 September 2020 09:34 AM

    It is pretty much evident from the recent turn of events. And I'm still looking for the 'path'!

    Jude Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:00 AM

    225 included!!!

    Lumbini Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:26 AM

    I think it should be more than that. No one would vote for convicted murderers unless they are totally illiterate.

    Lawry Tuesday, 08 September 2020 11:55 AM

    Does this mean they did not go to school? Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 08 September 2020 12:05 PM

    Look at this Professor, though highly educated does he have Ethics, Principles and even self respect?

    Lost Lankan Tuesday, 08 September 2020 12:53 PM

    in-correct my assumptions were only 225 in total

    brainmaster Tuesday, 08 September 2020 03:11 PM

    the truth is, that there are much more then 1.2 millions of illiterates here

    das Tuesday, 08 September 2020 03:47 PM

    Some people get into parliament because of such illiterates

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