Inez Bailey: Literacy is like a muscle – you need to use it regularly
THE results of the Adult Skills Survey show the bulk of Irish people aged 16-65 have below average literacy and numeracy skills when compared with 24 OECD countries.
Despite increasing school and college attainment among the population, it appears we are not maintaining our literacy and numeracy skills into adulthood. Why is this?
One reason lies in how we think about the skills we learn in school. We imagine they are learnt for life. The reality is that these skills can be developed or lost throughout our lives. Moreover, the strength of our skills has consequences for our employment prospects, earning potential and health.