Sri Lanka computer literacy at 27.5-pct: Digital literacy growing

Jan 30, 2019 (LBO) –¬†Overall computer literacy reported in 1st half of 2018 for Sri Lanka is 27.5 percent, a new survey shows. This is an decrease of 0.8 percentage points from 2017 (1st half) to 2018 (1st half).

When the digital literacy is considered two out of every five (aged 5 – 69) has digital literacy, the Census and Statistics Department said.

Digital literacy is higher than computer literacy for all disaggregated levels, showing the drift from Personal Computer to smartphones/tablets.

The Urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate (38.4 percent) among residential sectors.

In 1st half of 2018, at least one computer is available in 22.9 percent of households in the country. That is more than one out of every five households owns either a desktop or a laptop computer.

This percentage is 39.5 percent in urban sector. The rural and estate sectors show 20.3 percent and 4.9 percent respectively.

The highest availability is in the Western province (33.4 percent) while the lowest availability is reported from the Uva province (10.7 percent).

Computer literacy rate for rural and estate sectors are 25.9 percent and 11.1 percent respectively. Among the provinces the highest level of computer literacy is reported from the Western province (36.1 percent) while the lowest percentage is reported from the Eastern province.

The computer literacy rate among districts show variations ranging from 8.6 percent (Kilinochchi) to 42.6 percent (Colombo) and shows the still prevailing digital divide.