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Sri Lanka Computer Literacy: Colombo 47.1 %; Mullaitivu 8.9 %.

The  computer  literacy  related  statistics  of  persons  who  are  in  age  group  of  5 –69  years  and  characteristics of households have been released by the Department of Census and Statistics for the first  half  of  the  year  2015,  based  on  Computer  Literacy  Survey  2015;  conducted by  the  Department.

Computer Literacy Survey is a yearlong sample survey which is conducted in 12 consecutive months by  enumerating 25,000 households.

According to the survey 24.6 percent of households of the country have at least one desktop computer  or laptop computer and 67 percent of the households have acquired their first computer during the last  five years (2010 – 2014).

sssAbility to use a computer to perform any activity has been defined as the ‘Computer Literacy’ for the purpose of this survey. According to this definition computer literacy of Sri Lanka reported 26.8% at  national level. Computer literacy for the male (28.7%) is higher than the female (25.1 %).  Among the provinces the highest level of computer literacy is reported from Western Province ( 38.3 %) while the  lowest level is reported from Eastern Province (12.8% ). When compared across the districts, Colombo  district shows highest computer literacy of 47.1 % and Mullaitivu district reports lowest level of 8.9 %.  Above 30 % computer literacy is reported for Gampaha, Kandy and Kalutara districts.

Wide variations on computer literacy rates are noted across age groups. Young youths (aged 15 – 19  years) reported the highest computer literacy rate of 57.2 %. Usage of internet (27.6 %) and e‐ mail (21.2  %) is highest in Colombo district. Dr. A.J Satharasinghe Director General of Census and Statistics said that  among unemployed population, those who are in the age group of 20 ‐24 years reported computer  literacy of 69.1 percent.

– Department of Census and Statistics



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