About 7.9million Ghanaians from 6 years and above cannot reads and write with understanding according to findings from upcoming report from the Ghana Statistical Service.
According to the findings, out of the 7.9million, 4.6million are females while 3.3million are males, indicating a female disadvantage that has been persistent over time.
The findings divulge that between the 2010 and 2021 Population and Housing Censuses, about 1.2 million illiterate adults between 15 years and above were included to the population – from 4.3 million in 2010 to 5.5 million in 2021.
The Ghana Statistical Service indicate that the country has lower levels of adult literacy compared to other lower middle income and Sub-Saharan African countries after three years of the provisions on illiteracy captured in the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2018-2030.
This has necessitated the production Of the 2021 Population and Housing Censuses Thematic Report Briefon Illiteracy in Ghana which will be released later this month.
The findings however provide direction for stakeholders to target hotspots and drivers Of illiteracy in Ghana as it focuses on three broad areas; trends, patterns and correlates Of illiteracy.
Meanwhile, an earlier report on the 2021 Population and Housing Census General Report on Literacy and Education which presents data on literacy in English and local languages, current school attendance, and educational attainment disaggregated by sex, region and type Of locality, is available to download from wwwQ•nsus2021.statsghana.gov.gh