Computer literacy up to 27.6%

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By 2017-08-24

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By Mario Andree

The ability to operate a computer, measured by the computer literacy rate increased 1.8 per cent to 27.6 per cent in 2016 from 27.1 per cent reported in 2015.

According to the Department of Census and Statistics, in 2016 the number of households owning a desktop or laptop declined to 21.6 per cent from 24.4 per cent in 2015. The Urban and Rural Sector of the country posted a drop in ownership of desktops or laptops, while the Estate Sector posted a growth.

The Department highlighted that in urban areas, 35.4 per cent of households had a desktop or a laptop in 2016, down from 41.5 per cent reported in 2015.

In rural areas of the country, computer ownership declined to 19.6 per cent in 2016 from 22 per cent in 2015, while the Estate Sector posted a growth to 6.1 per cent in 2016 from 4.5 per cent in 2015.
The Department has found that the Urban Sector had the highest computer literacy rate – at 39.2 per cent, while the Rural and Estate Sector posted a literacy rate of 26.1 per cent and 10.4 per cent respectively.
The male computer literacy rate reached 29.5 per cent in 2016, up from 29.1 per cent in 2015, while the female computer literacy rate increased to 26 per cent from 25.3 per cent in 2015.

The age group 15-19 years posted the highest computer literacy rate at 62.5 per cent, up from 58.7 per cent, while the lowest was from the age group of 60-69 years.

The Department has also found that the higher the level of education, the higher the computer literacy.
The group with A/L or above posted a computer literacy rate of 70 per cent and the 72.5 per cent of the English literate population was identified to be computer literate.

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