Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's computer literacy is gradually improving among all population groups although the computer ownership in 2017 has declined from that of 2015.
In first half of 2017, more than one out of every five households (23.5%) in the country owned either a desktop or a laptop computer. The ownership ranged from 39.9% in urban sector to 5.1% in estate sector. In rural sector 21% of the households owns a computer. In 2015 24.4% of households owned a computer.
The highest availability is in the Western province (37.1%) while the lowest availability is reported from the Uva province (9.7%).
Overall Computer Literacy reported in 1st half of 2017 for Sri Lanka is 28.3% showing an increase of 0.8% from 1st half of 2016 () to 2017.
The Urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate (41.1%) among residential sectors. Computer literacy rate for Rural and Estate sectors are 26.5% and 9.5% respectively.
Computer literacy among male (30.7%) is higher than that of female (26.1%) in 1st half of 2017.
Young youths (aged 15 - 19 years) show the highest computer literacy rate (60.7%) among all other age groups.
Age 50 years and above groups show low computer literacy rates.
The survey results reveal that higher the level of education has higher the computer literacy. The group with A/L or above level of education shows the highest computer literacy rate (71.2%). Also computer literacy is higher among those who are literate in English language (71.1%).
Computer literacy among the employed population who are aware of computer in Sri Lanka is around 62.1% in the first half of 2017 and the positions such as Senior officials and Managers (73.1%), Professionals (87.5%), Technical and Associate professionals (86.8%) and Clerks and Clerical support workers (90.0%) have higher computer literacy rates.
Also, even among the individuals engage in elementary occupations 25.9 percent are computer literate.
Among the unemployed, aged (20-24) group shows highest computer literate population (68.1%). The survey results reveal that among unemployed, many of them have at least some ICT skills.
In first half of 2017 Colombo district shows the highest percentage (44.6%) of population using internet while Badulla district shows the lowest percentage (4.9%).
The highest e-mail usage is reported from the Colombo district (26.3%). The lowest e-mail usage among the districts has reported from the Monaragala district (2.6%).