LIFESTYLE NEWS - A new study by the Central Connecticut State University shows that South Africa is ranked as one of the most illiterate countries in the world.
The university’s report doesn’t analyse a country’s ability to read, but rather the “literate behaviour” of the populace in 61 countries, including South Africa.
The rankings are based on five categories standing as indicators of the literate health of nations: libraries, newspapers, education inputs and outputs, and computer availability.
South Africa was ranked 56th overall, with a poor showing in computers (56th), Newspapers (59th) and libraries (50th) – while education inputs and outputs were middling at 37th and 38th, respectively.
Notably, the study found that western nations were not as well equipped for literacy as the east, with nations from Europe and Asia placing higher overall.