An upcoming report from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has found that close to 8millions aged 6 years or older Ghanaians are illiterate, that is they can neither read nor write with understanding.
Of the number, 4.6 million are females, representing 58% of the total, with 3.3 million being males, representing 48%.
The report also found that 1.2 million more illiterate adults (15 years and older) were added to the population between the 2010 and 2021 Population and Housing Censuses (PHC), – from 4.3 million in 2010 to 5.5 million in 2021.
Ghana has lower levels of adult literacy compared to its comparators (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 PHC Thematic Report Brief on Illiteracy in Ghana which will be released later this month.
The report is expected to 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.