Not recent news, but interestingly just discovered in the Canadian Council on Learning site Newsroom Releases for June 12 is a report regarding the literacy rate, or rather the low literacy rate, projection for 2031:
By 2031, the number is forecast to increase by more than three million to 15 million.
Does this suggest that we already have a 12 million people, more than 36% (12M/33M) of the current population who have low literacy skills, or has the future forecast just changed? Does this number include the part of the population that are under 4? Is it only considering English literacy? Interesting. Find out more by reading the report.
Now, what about statistical literacy? That’s another story!