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Uganda’s Literacy Rate now at 81%

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Uganda Bureau of Statistics has today released a report that revealed that the literacy rate for the male Ugandans aged 10 and above has reached 81% and for female Ugandans aged 10 and above has reached 72% as of 2019/2020.

The UBOS 2016/2017 report released five years ago revealed that the literacy rate for male Ugandans was 78% while for females it stood at 70% pointing to an increase in Literacy of both Males and Females of 10 years and above.

Summary showing increased literacy rate statistics released by UBOS.

Consequently, Uganda’s general literacy rate has risen from 74% where it was 5 years ago in 2016 to 76.5% in 2020.

The statement also revealed that adult literacy for persons 18 years and above was realized more in Males than Females in both 2016/17 and 2019/20 findings. Adult literacy rates were highest in Kampala (92%), Buganda South (83%), Ankole (79%) and it was lowest in Karamoja sub region at 25%.

Summary showing adult Literacy rates statistics released by UBOS.

The literacy rate is defined by the percentage of the population of a given age group that can read and write.

In the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations set a target of ensuring countries reach youth literacy rate of 94% and adult literacy rate of 90% by 2030.


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