95% literacy seems OK until you delve into the actual literacy ability of that 95%
As MIK_bg's opening post stated.
A quarter of British adults have literacy levels so low they would struggle to read a bus timetable!
Government figures indicate some 28 percent of UK adults are at literacy level 1 or below !
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found 5 million adults lack basic reading, writing and numeracy skills deemed necessary to carry out a job.
Numeracy is just as bad.
29% of 16-18 year olds, 25% of 19 – 24 year olds are at the lowest level of numeracy (level 1 or below), compared to 26% of 55-65 year olds.
Entry Level 1. Understanding information given by numbers and symbols in simple graphic, numerical and written forms. This includes: recognizing and selecting coins
ordering and comparing numbers up to 10. Adults below Entry Level 1 may not be able to select floor numbers in lifts,
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report continues
Overall the UK ranks 15th for numeracy and 17th for literacy among the 34 OECD countries.
12.6 million adults lack basic digital skills – meaning they struggle to carry out tasks as send emails or fill out online job application forms.
23% of 16-18 year olds, 17% of 19 – 24 year olds are at the lowest level of literacy (level 1 or below), compared to 19% of 55-65 year olds.
In other nations, young people significantly outperform older people. By contrast and of significant concern, older people have higher literacy and numeracy scores than young people in England:
For the oldest age group in the study (55 - 65), England is third in the international rankings for literacy, for the youngest age group (16-18)it is 18th.
England is the only country where the average literacy score of the youngest age group (16-18 years) is lower than that of the oldest age group (55-65 years).
The last two points are shocking. All in all a terrible indictment of the education system and our culture in general.
Poor bl**dy kids.