One in four adults in Northern Ireland have significant problems with reading and maths, and current programmes do not fully meet their needs. That stark message comes as the Northern Ireland Assembly Public Accounts Committee publishes its report on adult literacy and numeracy.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Committee Chair Paul Maskey MLA said: “Literacy and numeracy is a major problem in our society; it has no boundaries and no easy solution. Tackling this problem is not simply about improving education—there are much wider social and other issues involved which impact on the local economic, health and justice systems. Therefore, the introduction of a joined-up, cross-departmental approach which seeks to prevent, as well as correct, these shortcomings is essential.