Sri Lankan computer literacy on the rise : One out of four own a computer

Sri Lankan computer literacy on the rise : One out of four own a computer

Sri Lankan computer literacy on the rise : One out of four own a computer

Written by Staff Writer

10 Nov, 2015 | 4:11 pm

Twenty five percent of Sri Lankan households owned computers in 2015

One out of every four households owned either a desktop or a lap top during the first six months of 2015, making the percentage of computer-owned households 25 percent of total households in the country, data from the government’s statistics office showed.

According to the Department of Census and Statistics, Western Province topped the list with 38.7 percent of computer-owned households while the lowest of 10.9 percent was from Uva, one of the poorest regions in the country.

Urban sector accounted for 42.0 percent of computer-owned households, rural, 22.0 percent and estate a mere 5.4 percent. Around 70 percent of households across the country acquired their first computer during the years 2010 – 2014. The statistics office says 3.8 percent of households acquired their first computer during the first six months of 2015.

Computer literate population as a percentage of Sri Lanka’s total population stood at 26.8 percent in 2015 showing an increase of 1.7 percent points when compared to the same period of 2014.

Defining computer literacy

A person is considered computer literate if he/she could use a computer on his/her own. According to the definition of ‘computer literacy’ of the Department of Census and Statistics, a five year old child who is capable of playing a computer game, is also considered as computer literate.

The urban sector has the highest computer literacy rate of 40.4 percent. Rural and the estate sector accounts for 24.9 percent and 7.8 percent respectively. The Western Province leads the list with the highest computer literacy rate while the Eastern Province recorded the lowest rate in the country.

Internet and E-mail use

The Colombo district has the highest percentage of population using internet and e-mail facility in the country. Mullaithivu and Moneragala districts recorded the lowest percentage of population that uses internet and e-mail respectively.

Internet Penetration

Total internet connections in Sri Lanka grew 68.4 percent in 2014 increasing internet penetration (connections per 100 persons) to 16.4 percent, a Central Bank report said.

The growth according to the Central Bank was largely due to an increase in mobile internet connections through which people were engaging in e-banking, mobile banking, e-bus ticketing and mobile points of sale.

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