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Canadians struggling with adult literacy

In the Quality of Life Index, the United Nations has ranked Canada as one of the world’s top 10 countries since 2004. The OECD (Organization for Cooperation and Development) also ranked Canada #1 in higher education achievement. More than half of its citizens between the age of 25 and 64 have a post-secondary education.

The Times Higher Education 2018-19 Ranking placed nine Canadian universities in top 200. Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities put four Canadian institutions in top 100 and 18 in top 500.

The Canadian immigration system which contribute to around 70 percent of the population growth is a merit-based one. It bring in educated and skilled labour force to boot the population growth as well as the economy.

However, a CBC Radio report revealed an appalling picture of Canada’s adult literacy. The report said nearly half of adult Canadians struggle with literacy – which is bad for their economy. It said that the “lower skill sets in reading and writing have financial and democratic consequences.” Read the full story here…