About 8 million Ghanaians are illiterate, GSS reveals


A recent report from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) revealed that 7.9 million persons aged six years and older in Ghana are illiterates.

This, it said, meant that they could not read and write with understanding.

This was contained in a statement issued by GSS as it shares census statistics on illiteracy as part of the commemoration of World Literacy Day.

The statement said 4.6 million of the illiterates were females and 3.3 million males, indicating a female disadvantage that has been persistent over time.

The report also noted that between the 2010 and 2021 Population and Housing Censuses (PHC), 1.2 million more illiterate adults, 15 years and older were added to the population, from 4.3 million in 2010 to 5.5 million in 2021.

It said Ghana had lower levels of adult literacy compared to lower middle income and sub-Saharan African countries after three years of the provisions on illiteracy captured in the Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2018-2030.

“This has necessitated the production of the 2021 PHC Thematic Report Brief on illiteracy in Ghana which will be released later this month. The report provides direction for stakeholders to target hotspots and drivers of illiteracy in Ghana as it focuses on three broad areas; trends, patterns and correlates of illiteracy,” the statement read.