Digital Literacy Sharply Increases to 49.5%
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Sri Lanka’s computer literacy rate increased from 30.8 per cent to 32 per cent, while its digital literacy rate sharply increased from 46 per cent to 49.5 per cent end 2019 figures versus end first half (1H) 2020 figures, Census and Statistics Department (CSD) said on 19 February.
The CSD said digital literacy is higher than computer literacy for all disaggregated levels, showing the drift from personal computer to smartphones/tablets. CSD defined ‘disaggregated levels’ encompassing age; sex; urban, rural and estate sectors, respectively.
CSD defines digital literacy as a person (aged 5-69) who is able to use a computer, lap top, tablet or smartphone on his/her own. It defines computer literacy as a person (aged 5-69) if he/she could use a computer on his/her own.
Meanwhile, computer ownership in the review period stagnated at 22.2 per cent.
CSD further said householders using a smartphone to connect to the internet or e-mail in the reference period increased from 72.2 per cent to 75.6 per cent, though, those using either a tablet or a mobile phone for a similar purpose decreased from 2,00 per cent to 1.5 per cent and from 1.7 per cent to 1.2 per cent, respectively .
However, computer literacy among the employed, 1H2020 over year end 2019 saw a fall to 64.5 per cent from 65.1 per cent between the two comparative periods. Those between the ages of 15 to 69 fall under this employment genre. The CSD said the computer literacy rate among the unemployed increased from 61.3 per cent to 64.3 per cent, from end 2019 to 1H 2020.