Sri Lanka’s computer literacy rate highest in urban sector, lowest in Estates and Eastern Province
Mar 30, Colombo: According to a National Survey conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics, the overall Computer Literacy reported in first half of 2016 for Sri Lanka is 27.5 percent. The survey results show an increase of 0.9 percent from 1st half of 2015 to 1st half of 2016.
In 2016, at least one computer is available in 22.5 percent of households in the country. That is more than one out of every five households owns either a desktop or a laptop computer, the survey said.
This percentage is 35.3 percent in Urban Sector and Rural is 20.7 percent and lowest is Estate Sector 6.4 percent respectively.
The highest availability is in Western Province (34.8 percent) while the lowest availability is reported from Eastern Province (12.2 percent).
The Urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate (38.5 percent) among residential sectors. Computer literacy rate for Rural and Estate are 26.1 percent and 9.9 percent respectively.
Among the provinces with the highest level of computer literacy is reported from the Western Province (38.5 percent) while the lowest percentage is reported from Eastern Province (13.4 percent).
According to the findings of the survey, the computer literacy among males is 29.3 percent which is higher than that of females at 26.0 percent.
Young youths (aged 15 – 19 years) show the highest computer literacy rate at 60.6 percent among all other age groups. Age 50 years and above groups show low computer literacy rates.
Computer literacy among the employed population who are aware of computer in Sri Lanka is around 64.8 percent in first half of 2016 and the positions such as Managers, Senior Officials and Legislators (76.1 percent), Professionals (90.3 percent), Technical and Associate professionals (88.7 percent) and Clerks and Clerical support workers (91.5 percent) have higher computer literacy. However, even among the individuals engage in Elementary occupations 27.3 percent are computer literate.
The majority of those who are computer literate have received training from Private institutions or School/University. The training received through Government training are comparatively low (6.0 percent). However in the Estate sector this percentage is about 5.7.
Colombo district shows the highest percentage of internet usage as 30.1 percent of population using internet while Trincomalee district shows the lowest percentage (3.3 percent).