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Friday, 29 July 2011



Govt targets 75 % computer literacy rate by 2016


The computer literacy rate in Sri Lanka was about five percent three to four years ago and we were placed 138th among computer literary countries. Sri Lanka’s computer literacy rate at present is 35 percent and we are 66th in the world rankings, said Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga.

He was participating at a conference organized by Vocational Training Authority held at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo. Weeratunga said the government hopes to earn an income of US $ one billion dollars from the IT sector in 2015, which currently stands at Us $ 400 million.

He said the government plans to increase the country’s computer literacy rate to 75 percent by 2016 with private sector participation.

Computers should be used in a proper manner. Even one percent of computers in some government officers are not properly used,’ he said.

‘Under the guidance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, 2009 was declared the year of English and IT education emphasizing the necessity of English and IT skills to achieve future goals. Under the Mahinda Chinthana Policy, the government has introduced numorous programme to achieve future demands in English and the IT sector. IT was introduced as a subject for O/L students. It is necessary to provide IT knowledge not only for students in urban areas but also for those in rural students to increase the computer literacy of the country, he said.

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