South Africa - Adult Literacy Rate

Since 2014, South Africa Adult Literacy Rate fell by 1.4points year on year. In 2019, the country was ranked number 75 comparing other countries in Adult Literacy Rate with 87.84 Percent of Persons Aged 15+. South Africa is overtaken by Jamaica, which was ranked number 74 with 88.1 Percent of Persons Aged 15+ and is followed by Honduras with 87.78 Percent of Persons Aged 15+. Uzbekistan topped the ranking with 99.99 Percent of Persons Aged 15+ in 2019, stable versus 2018. Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Belarus respectively ranked number 2, 3 and 4 in this ranking. Sierra Leone recorded the best 5 years average growth at +5.9points per year, while South Africa recorded the worst performance at -1.4points per year.

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Date Percent of Persons Aged 15+
2019 87.84
2018 88.17
2017 87.05
2016
2015 94.37
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How does South Africa rank in Adult Literacy Rate?

# 135 Countries Percent of Persons Aged 15+ Last YoY 5‑years CAGR
1 #1
Uzbekistan
99.99 % 2019 +0.0 % +0.0 % View data
2 #2
Azerbaijan
99.81 % 2019 +0.0 % +0.0 % View data
74 #74
Jamaica
88.10 % 2014 NA NA View data
75 #75
South Africa
87.84 % 2019 -0.4 % -1.4 % View data
76 #76
Honduras
87.78 % 2019 +0.7 % +0.1 % View data
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