Apr 01, 2015 (LBO) – A recent survey has found that one fourth of Sri Lanka’s population is computer literate and 22 percent of households have at least one computer.
The survey conducted by the census and statistics department shows that computer literacy in Sri Lanka has been gradually increasing since 2006/07.
The study measured a person as a computer literate person if that person could use a computer on his or her own.
“Overall computer literacy reported in 2006/07 and 2014 are 16.1 per cent and 25.1 per cent,” the survey showed.
Computer literacy rate has been defined for computer literate population expressed as a percentage to the total population between the ages of 5 and 69 years.
“The urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate of 34.6 per cent among residential sectors according to the results in the first half of 2014,”
“Computer literacy rates for rural and estate sectors are 23.8 percent and 6.2 percent respectively,” the survey revealed.
The survey also shows that the computer literacy among males at 27.0 per cent and is higher than female 23.3 per cent. The results also reveal that higher the level of education higher the computer literacy.
Youth aged 15 – l9 years show the highest computer literacy rate of 54.4 per cent among all other age groups.
“The group with A/L or above level of education shows the high computer literacy at 68.0 per cent while computer literacy is also higher among those who are literate in the English language at 67.3 per cent,” the survey data showed.
Computer literacy among the employed population in Sri Lanka is around 50 per cent during the first half of 2014.
“Positions such as senior officials and managers are at 74.3 per cent while professionals are at 80.0 per cent and technical and associate professionals are at 80.8 per cent,”
With clerks and clerical support workers showing the highest computer literacy at 86.5 per cent,”
However, even among individuals who engage in elementary occupations twenty percent are computer literate.
One out of every five in every household has a computer in Sri Lanka as well as rural areas in Sri Lanka according to data from 2014.
In the urban sector 36 households out of hundred is have a computer and in the estate sector the average drops to 4.6 per cent of households.
The highest computer availability is in western province is 33.0 per cent while the lowest availability is reported from north central at 7.4 per cent.
Over the survey periods from 2004 till 2014 the overall percentage for computer literacy has increased sharply from 3.8 per cent to 16.6 per cent.
“The survey results clearly reveal the disadvantaged position of the north central province in computer related ICT achievements compared to other provinces,”
“Further, the reported high computer literacy rates among youths aged 15-29 show the improving quality of the labour force and the necessity of new investment in emerging ICT sector,” the survey further said.