Sri Lanka computer literacy at 27-pct in 1H 2015

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Dec 12, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s computer literacy for the first half of 2015 is 26.8 percent compared to 25.1 percent reported in 2014, the Department of Census and Statistics said.

The computer literacy of those who are in the age group of 5 to 69 years and characteristics of households have been released based on Computer Literacy Survey 2015 conducted by the department.

According to the survey 24.6 percent of households have at least one desktop or laptop computer, and 67 percent of these households have acquired their first computer during the last five years.

Ability to use a computer to perform any activity has been defined as the ‘Computer Literacy’ for the purpose of this survey.

Computer literacy for males (28.7%) is slightly higher than for females (25.1%).

From the provinces, the highest level of computer literacy is reported from Western Province (38.3%) while the lowest level is reported from Eastern Province (12.8%).

When compared across the districts, Colombo district shows the highest computer literacy of 47.1 percent and Mullaitivu district reports lowest level of 8.9 percent.

Above 30 percent computer literacy is reported for Gampaha, Kandy and Kalutara districts, the Department said.

“Wide variations on computer literacy rates are noted across age groups. Youth (aged 15 – 19 years) reported the highest computer literacy rate of 57.2 percent,” the Department said.

“Usage of internet (27.6%) and e-mail (21.2%) is highest in Colombo District. Among unemployed population, those who are in the age group of 20 -24 years reported computer literacy of 69.1 percent.”

Computer Literacy Survey is a year-long sample survey which is conducted in 12 consecutive months by enumerating 25,000 households.