Photo by pixabay:The clover shamrock is an iconic symbol of Irland. Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity.
According to latest international research, up to 6 per cent of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate.
These rates are significantly higher than in Finland (2 per cent) or the Netherlands (3 per cent), though are similar to the UK (7 per cent).
Low levels of basic literacy, or functional illiteracy, refer to reading and writing skills that are “inadequate to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level”.
“The fact that we have more higher education graduates does not mean that the economy and society is well served by the skills they need,” said Dirke Van Damme, a senior official at the OECD’s directorate for education and skills.
While the Government’s aim is to have the best education and training system in Europe by 2026, Mr Van Damme said these figures showed Ireland was performing “around the middle”.
Source: The Irish Times