Problems of Illiteracy in a Literate Developing Society: Sri Lanka

  title={Problems of Illiteracy in a Literate Developing Society: Sri Lanka},
  author={Chandra Gunawardena},
  journal={International Review of Education},
  • C. Gunawardena
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • Education
  • International Review of Education
With 87.0% of its population literate, Sri Lanka occupies a high ranking position among South and South-East Asian nations in educational development. The high percentage of literacy achieved through progressive measures in education spanning half a century, however, has led to a state of complacency and less priority being given to efforts at eradicating illiteracy. This paper will focus on a recent study conducted on the incidence of illiteracy in specific disadvantaged communities in the… 
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