Literacy Problems in Ireland
The study sought to identify five literacy skill levels to cover such demands
at work, in the home and the community.
Level 1 indicates very low literacy skills, where the individual
may have difficulty identifying the correct amount of medicine to give
to a child from the information found on the package.
Level 2 respondents can deal only with material that is simple,
clearly laid out and in which the tasks involved are not too complex. This
is a significant category, because it identifies people who may have adapted
their lower literacy skills to everyday life, but would have difficulty
learning new job skills.
Level 3 is considered the minimum desirable threshold in many
countries but most occupations require higher skills.
Levels 4 and 5 show increasingly higher literacy skills
requiring the ability to integrate several sources of information or solve
more complex problems. These levels appear to be a necessary requirement
for some jobs.
Further Information from:
National Adult Literacy Agency
An Áisineacht Náisiúnta Litearthactha do Aosaigh
76 Lower Gardiner Street
Tel: 01 855 4332
Fax: 01 855 5475
Adult Education Organiser,
Tel: 094 - 23134
Pauline Mc Dermott,
Mayo Adult Literacy Scheme,
Tel: 094- 38038