At least one computer is available in 24 per cent of households in Sri Lanka, in urban as well as rural areas, the Department of Census and Statistics said in its Computer Literacy report for 2015.

“That is about one out of every four households owns either a desktop or a laptop computer,” the Department said.

“This per centage is 41.5 perc ent in urban sector, and rural and estate sector show 22 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively.”

The highest availability is in Western province at 38.5 per cent, while the lowest availability is reported from Uva at 12.5 per cent.

“Per centage of computer literate population (Computer Literacy) over the survey periods has been gradually increasing,” it said.

Overall computer literacy reported in 2015 for Sri Lanka is 27.1 per cent. The survey results show an increase of 11 per cent points from 2006/07 to 2015.

It was revealed that about 57.3 per cent of the households have acquired the first computer during the last five years (2011 – 2015) and in last five years the rural sector shows a higher recent acquisition (61.1%) than the urban sector (47.1%).

The urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate (39.2%) among residential sectors. Computer literacy rate for rural and estate are 25.5 per cent and 9.0 per cent respectively.

Among the provinces the highest level of computer literacy is reported from the Western province (38.4%) while the lowest per centage is reported from Eastern province.
Computer literacy by district level shows the existing differences among districts and further shows the prevailing digital divide, it said.

The survey results reveal that higher the level of education, the higher is the computer literacy. The group with A/L or above level of education shows the highest computer literacy rate (70.0%). Also computer literacy is higher among those who are literate in English language (69.5%).