Telegraph columnist wrongly claims literacy at the lowest level in UK history – Full Fact


3 June 2021

What was claimed

The UK has the lowest literacy rates in its history

Our verdict

False. Literacy is currently about 99%. In the past, it has been as low as about 5%. Adult and child literacy appear to have either stayed stable or improved over recent decades.

What was claimed

The UK’s child literacy and numeracy rates consistently languish either at or near the bottom of every international table.

Our verdict

Various international league tables put the UK above the OECD average for literacy and numeracy.