Scottish functional illiteracy

A Literacy Commission says that almost one fifth of Scots have problems with literacy, which means about 18% of children (13,000 a year) leaving primary school while “functionally illiterate”, the previous executive having already found 800,000 adults (500,000 of these in work) having “significant literacy problems”.
BBC: Fifth of Scots have poor literacy
The Scotsman: One in five Scots struggle with literacy, report reveals
Although it isn’t clear from the articles what exactly this means, as for instance the BBC say “almost one in five Scots has difficulty with reading and writing” while at the same time quoting the commission as saying “It’s not just about reading – essentially you need to be able to operate a computer, you need to be able to use a mobile phone”, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, with our history of education…

 

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