Government conducts National Literacy Survey to establish the levels of literacy of Kenyans

NAIROBI 27 November, 2017 – The Government is in the process of conducting a National Literacy Survey that will establish the levels of literacy of Kenyans, the Director for Adult and Continuing Education, (DACE), Mr. Irreneous Kinara has said.

He said this planned survey will be the 2nd National Survey the Country will hold since the 2006 The Kenya National Adult Literacy Survey (KNALS).

Mr. Kinara was speaking during a validation workshop on the one report on Adult and Continuing education in West Pokot County at a Nairobi Hotel on Friday.

According to the Kenya National Adult Literacy Survey, 2006 Report, it showed an average 38.5 % (7.8 million) of the Kenyan adult population was illiterate, while the age cohort 15 to 19 years recorded a literacy rate of 69.1 %.

The report, , which was conducted between June and August 2006 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in collaboration with the Department of Adult Education, UNESCO Nairobi Office and other key partners, termed the finding as  a major challenge, given the central role literacy plays in national development and the empowerment of individuals to lead a fulfilling life.

Mr. Kinara said that the planned survey aims at determining the magnitude, levels and distribution of adult literacy for persons aged 15 years and above, obtaining comprehensive data and information on adult literacy education institutions and providers and identifying issues of concern, which need to be addressed in the promotion of adult literacy.

Present during the occasion included the General Secretary of  Bible Translation and Literacy; Reverend Peter Munguti said the findings of the survey on West Pokot County should provide guidance on what kind of programmes were suitable to meet the literacy needs of the residents.